Zoom Meeting Security
Posted by Skye Nguyen, Last modified by Skye Nguyen on 20 November 2020 03:34 PM

Description: Learn what zoom bombing is how to prevent and stop it during a meeting.

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Zoom Meeting Security

Zoom meeting security is essential to keeping unwanted visitors out of your meeting and minimizing disruption. We recommend that you make sure your internet browser and the zoom client are always up to date. This will ensure you have the most current security settings and features available. 

Public Meetings and Class Sessions

If you post your meeting information on a website or share it via email, there’s a chance that the link could be accessed or shared with someone you don’t want in your meeting. If you need to share your meeting link publicly, try to remember the following:

  • Don’t use your Personal Meeting Room for class sessions. The address is persistent and people can join it at any time once they know the address.
  • Create your meeting inside Moodle using the Zoom Pro tool so you don’t need to send the URL link to your students. This tool allows them to join by clicking a button instead of showing the URL link.
  • Consider requiring a password, using registration or waiting rooms to reduce random visitors.

Require a password

For an added level of security, you can require a password for students to access your meetings. When you’re scheduling a meeting, you’ll see Require meeting password in the meeting options.

To enable a meeting password:

  • Check the box Require meeting password.
  • Enter a password in the field.
  • Share the password with your participants.

Restrict Access to Authorized Users Only

This setting is available when scheduling meetings and restricts access to only authenticated users who are signed in to Zoom with their lanecc.edu or my.lanecc.edu login. Check the box next to Only authenticated users can join: lanecc.edu and my.lanecc.edu ONLY.

Managing participants

There’s already enough on your plate without having to micromanage your participants. Fortunately, there are a few tips that will actually help you manage normal participants and also help you when you have an unwanted guest.

  • Remove a participant 
    • Click Manage Participants button in the bottom toolbar to reveal the Participant window.
    • Click on the participant’s name.
    • Click the More button and select Remove.
  • Mute Participants
    • Click Manage Participants icon to reveal the Participant window.
    • Click Mute All button - choose if participants can unmute themselves.
  • Lock the meeting
    • You can lock your meeting to prevent anyone new from joining. Unfortunately, this also prevents legitimate students from joining.
    • Click the More button below the participant list and select Lock Meeting.
  • Disable Video
    • You can turn off someone’s video by clicking on their name, clicking More and selecting Stop Video.
    • Participants will not be able to restart their video unless you allow them.

Managing Chat

Chat is a very useful feature, but also a place for distracting side conversations. You can disable the chat if it is distracting or getting out of control.

  • Disable chat
    • Click the Chat icon in the bottom toolbar to reveal the chat window.
    • Click the three dots () button and select who participants can chat with: 
      • No one, Host Only, or Everyone Publicly.

Managing video and screen sharing

By default, Zoom now defaults to only the Host having access to share their screen. This is a positive step in reducing disruptions, but means you have to take a few extra steps to enable sharing with participants you want to interact with.

  • To restore sharing privilege, click on the up arrow next to Share Screen and Select Advanced Sharing Options…
  • Under Who can Share? select All Participants.


Using Waiting Rooms

Waiting rooms are a way to give you more control over who joins your meeting and when. You will need to select Enable waiting room when you schedule a meeting.

Then, when you’re in a meeting, you’ll see a notice in the participants window that shows when students are waiting to join.

With a waiting room, you can:

  • Send a message to the entire waiting room by clicking Message.
  • Admit them into the meeting.
  • Remove them (if you don’t recognize them or it’s the wrong meeting).

If you have waiting rooms enabled, you can also send someone back to the waiting room. It’s much like putting someone on hold.

  • In the Participant panel, click on the name of the participant.
  • Click on More and select Put in waiting room.
  • You can let them back in using the steps above for admitting people from the waiting room.

Using the Security Button

Zoom recently added a Security button to the bottom of the toolbar. This panel provides quick access to turn on/off several security settings. It is suggested to not allow students to Share Screen, Chat, or Rename Themselves for optimal security and control.

  • Lock Meeting
  • Enable Waiting Room
  • Allow participants to Share Screen
  • Allow participants to Chat
  • Allow participants to Rename Themselves

Reporting a Zoom Bombing Incident

If you encounter individuals accessing your zoom meeting, please email atc@lanecc.edu with the following information:

  • Incident date & time
  • Zoom meeting name and ID
  • Individuals’ names

For further help, click on Live Help, leave a ticket, or contact:

Academic Technology Center


(541) 463-3377

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