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Zoom “Bombing” or Trolling

“Zoom Bombing” is a slang term that describes a meeting being invaded by disruptive people who are taking advantage of lax or default Zoom security settings and flooding the meetings with obscene and annoying rhetoric.


Suggested ZOOM settings to keep meetings troll free:

Zoom has several security controls built in to meeting console so you can take security measures needed during a meeting.

Additionally there are settings you can adjust for your Zoom account globally so that they apply to all meetings you schedule.  There are many settings in the Meeting subtab that can be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing.

Here are some suggested settings for your meeting to use. These will help keep out trolls and bombers. Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below are not the Zoom default:

Go to: Settings >Meeting

  • Schedule Meeting:
    • Disable Join before host
    • Mute Participants upon entry
  • In Meeting Basic:
    • Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints
    • Enable Chat (the host can change this on the fly during the meeting if needed)
    • Enable Private chat (the host can change this on the fly during the meeting if needed)
    • Disable Auto saving chats
    • Enable Play sound when participants join or leave
    • Disable Feedback to Zoom
    • Enable co-host (this is recommend if you have another group member with a Zoom account)
    • Enable screen sharing FOR HOST ONLY
    • Disable desktop/screen share for users
    • Disable Remote control
    • Disable Allow removed participants to rejoin
  • In Meeting Advanced:
    • Disable Virtual background
      • [the Zoom (allow) default allows the user to use a virtual background instead of the inside of their apartment. This would be good, however, it would also allow trolls to put up explicit or other offensive images]
    • Enable Waiting Room (all participants must be “let in” to the meeting by a host)
      • The host can remove anyone being disruptive during the meeting

Go to: Settings > Recording

  • Disable Local recording
  • Disable Cloud recording
  • Disable Automatic recording
  • Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints
  • Disable File transfer

Here is an excellent, regularly updated and very detailed, ZOOM security guide from an AA member. It is written in plain language (no techie talk) so we can all understand it.