Keep Trolls out of Your Zoom Meetings

Keep Trolls out of Your Zoom Meetings Apr 7, 2020


As classes, work meetings, social events, and family gatherings all move online during COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, some meetings are being disrupted by total strangers showing up in a new campaign harassment method known as "Zoombombing," on the video-conferencing platform, Zoom.  These are coordinated harassment efforts, explained in more detail by this New York Times article. Additional examples include:

The CEO of Zoom acknowledged these problems and pledged to make Zoom safer last week in this post. In the meantime, there are measures you can take to keep your Zoom from being disrupted.

What you can do

The good news is that there are several ways to prevent malicious strangers from disrupting your meetings:

Previously, we wrote about how we expected to see online harassment increase as many people are home, stressed, and bored. "Zoombombing" is an unfortunate initial example of this.

We’ll be continuing to monitor the effect these global events have on the online harassment landscape. Sign up for our mailing list to stay updated about how to protect yourself and your loved ones.