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

  • 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.

  • 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 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 Private Chat. This prevents guests from sending 1-on-1 chats to other guests.

  • Under File Transfer, restrict files types allowed to only those applicable to your course (e.g. Powerpoint, Excel, and Word file types. It is strongly recommend not to allow .exe files).

  • 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.

  • Enable Screen sharing

    - Set Who can share to Host only. Then click Save.

  • 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.

Under Meeting (Advanced)

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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