Just like photo bombing, Zoom bombing is a thing! Zoom bombing refers to the act of intruding or disrupting a Zoom meeting or webinar without permission or invitation. It typically involves an unauthorized individual joining a Zoom session and causing disruptions, often by displaying inappropriate or offensive content, sharing offensive messages, or engaging in disruptive behaviour like shouting or interrupting the meeting.
Zoom bombing became more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic when the usage of the Zoom video conferencing platform skyrocketed for remote work, online classes, and social gatherings. Since Zoom meetings often utilize public links or IDs, it became easier for malicious actors to gain access to meetings they were not invited to and disrupt them.
To combat Zoom bombing, Zoom has implemented several security features and recommendations. These include:
- Meeting passwords: Adding a password to your Zoom meetings prevents unauthorized access.
- Waiting room: Enabling the waiting room feature allows the host to control who can enter the meeting.
- Meeting IDs and links: Avoid sharing meeting IDs and links publicly or on social media to prevent unauthorized access.
- Screen sharing settings: Limit screen sharing to the host or specific participants to prevent unwanted content sharing.
- Participant controls: Hosts can control participants’ audio and video settings, mute disruptive participants, and remove them from the meeting.
By implementing these security measures and following best practices, such as sharing meeting details securely and only with intended participants, the risk of Zoom bombing can be significantly reduced.