Zoombombing. Heard of it yet? It’s named after the videoconferencing app Zoom whose traffic has surged during the coronavirus. The platform is certainly having a moment as people turn to video chat while they’re forced to isolate at home. Zoom now has about 200 million daily users, and Zoom stock has more than doubled since the start of 2020.
But ‘Zoombombing,’ the practice of unwanted guests hacking video meetings for malicious purposes, has also significantly increased during the pandemic — and the FBI says we should be concerned. The FBI has received reports of meetings getting interrupted with inappropriate, threatening or hateful content from hackers.
Here are some tips from the FBI, Zoom and other experts to prevent Zoombombing:
- Keep meetings and classrooms private by requiring a meeting password.
- Do not share invites to Zoom meetings on social media. Instead, send the meeting password directly to attendees.
- Use a random meeting ID, so it can’t be shared multiple times.
- Change screensharing settings to “Only Host,” so no one but the host can control the screen.
- Lock a Zoom session that has already begun so no one else can join. Do this by clicking “Participants” in the bottom of a Zoom window, then clicking “Lock Meeting.”
Last week, our biggest Zoom problems were figuring out how everyone kept changing their backgrounds and having to say “sorry, can you hear me now?” because you accidentally muted yourself. Now, we have to worry about mischief-causing trolls Zoombombing our meetings. Our advice? Stay home, password protect your Zoom meetings, and wash your sweatpants.