This document is intended for faculty/staff that wish to enable higher than standard safety measures to lessen the impact of Zoom Bombings. These settings are the maximum security menu options available. The recommendations below are intended to work together to increase the security of online learning and meetings. Altering individual settings from this list may impact the overall security of your sessions.

Recommended Account Menu Settings: Go to, login with your Zoom credentials and click on "Settings" on the left menu to access these settings

Under Schedule Meeting

  • Under Audio Type, Select Computer Audio. This will prevent attendees from connecting to meetings using a Telephone.

  • Disable Join Before Host. This prevents guests from interacting before the host of the meeting arrives. Meeting Hosts have the ability to remove guests, but other guests do not. Guests will be presented with a notice that they are waiting for the Host to sign in.

  • Disable Use Personal Meeting ID (PMI) when scheduling a meeting. Using a randomly generated room ID when scheduling meetings will make it more difficult for bombers to target your meeting.

  • Disable Use Personal Meeting ID (PMI) when starting an instant meeting. Using a randomly generated room ID when conducting a meeting will make it more difficult for bombers to target your meeting. 

  • Enable Require a password when scheduling new meetings. The password will prevent would-be guests from joining meetings at all. The password is randomly generated, but it can be altered by the Host.

  • Enable Require a password for instant meetings. The password will prevent would-be guests from joining meetings at all. The password can be set in directly below this option and will the same password for all instant meetings for this account.

  • Disable Embed password in meeting link for one-click join. This will remove the single click entry links from being sent in invitations, thus enabling password requirements.

  • Enable Require password for participants joining by phone. Because Zoom handles telephone connections differently than web connections, this option needs to be managed separately.

  • Enable Mute participants upon entry. This will have all participants muted when they connect to the meeting. The Host has the ability to prevent attendees from unmuting themselves once the Host has joined the meeting.

Under Meetings (Basic)

  • Disable Chat. This will prevent any text based communications from being possible.

  • Disable Private Chat. This is a fallback setting in case some users do not disable the Chat option.

  • Enable Auto saving chat. This will automatically save a copy of the chat to the Host’s computer for records.

  • Disable File Transfer. This will prevent files of any kind from being shared. Disabling the Chat option should prevent File Transfer, this is a fail-safe setting if the chat option is activated in a meeting.

  • Enable Allow host to put attendee on hold. This will allow a guest to be temporarily separated from a meeting. They will be allowed back into the call if this is used.

  • Disable Screen sharing. This will prevent any attendee but the Host from sharing content from their computer.

  • Disable Annotation. This will prevent attendees from using the annotation option.

  • Disable Whiteboard. This will prevent any attendee but the Host from using the virtual whiteboard option under Screen Sharing.

  • Disable Allow removed participants to rejoin. If a host “Removes” a disruptive guest from a meeting, this option being disabled will revoke their ability to rejoin the call.

  • Disable Allow participants to rename themselves. This will prevent problem attendees from changing their displayed name in a meeting. This has been found to be helpful in identifying some Zoom Bombers.

Under Meeting (Advanced)

  • Disable Breakout Rooms. This will ensure that all attendees remain in the main meeting room.

  • Enable Closed Captioning. This will not transcribe your session nor is it a security measure, but it will be of help if Closed Captioning is required for a session. If CC is enabled, and transcription services are needed, please contact Academic Success for more information.

  • Disable Virtual background. This will lessen the impact on data slowdowns on calls as well as remove that avenue of offensive content.

  • Enable Waiting room. When guests join the room, they will be entered into a virtual standby space. The guests will not be able to interact with each other within Zoom until the Host welcomes them into the call.

    - Under Waiting room, select All participants. Students are not issued Zoom accounts, therefore, they will all show as guests.

  • Disable Allow live streaming meetings. This will ensure that the content does not get distributed outside of the meeting.

Under e-mail

  • No options in this section are affected by Zoom Bombing recommendations at this time. All settings are enabled by default. These settings can be adjusted as desired.

Under Other

  • Enable Blur snapshot on iOS task switcher. This is more of a privacy item for users on iOS devices.

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