We strongly recommend that you take steps to protect your Zoom meetings. This will help prevent unwanted disruptions, commonly known as “Zoombombing.” This article provides direction on how to protect your Zoom lecture or meeting. Please weigh these options carefully to find the right balance between providing access and protection.
Follow the instructions below to access Zoom settings.
- Go to https://illinois.zoom.us and click the Sign in button.
- Enter your NetID and university password, then accept the 2FA prompt (if necessary).
- Click Settings on the left-hand side of the screen. This will take you to the "Settings" page which has three sections across the top: Meeting, Recording, and Telephone.
- Select Meeting.
The Waiting Room feature in Zoom allows you to control when a participant joins the meeting. You can set up the Waiting Room so that only un-authenticated users are placed there. The host must admit these users into the meeting.
Editing the Waiting Room Options
You can decide in advance who is placed in your meeting's waiting room using your illinois.zoom.us settings. We strongly recommend you consider your audience and the potential security risks of choosing the options below.
- Access your settings using the instructions above, and find the waiting room setting near the top of the Security subsection.
Click Edit Options
- Configure Who should go in the waiting roombased on your attendees.
Available waiting room profiles include:
Everyone: All participants joining your meeting will be admitted to the waiting room.
Users not in your account: Only participants who are not on your Zoom account or are not logged in will be admitted to the waiting room. If not logged in, they will have an option to log in.
Users who are not in your account and not part of your approved domains: Users who are on your account or logged in to a Zoom account at the domains you list will bypass the Waiting Room. After selecting this option, enter the domain(s), separating multiple domains by a comma.
Note: If "Users not in your account" or "Users who are not in your account and not part of your approved domains" is selected, you can allow those users who bypassed the waiting room to admit participants if the host is not in the meeting.
Determine who can admit participants from the waiting room. For public events it is strongly recommended to set to Host and co-host only.
There are six separate password settings. These are enabled, and locked on by default. All UIUC Zoom sessions require a passcode. Please review these settings; be aware of their scope and how they work.
For additional protection, you can use authentication to limit access to a Zoom event. See Zoom, Using authentication to limit access to your virtual event for more information.
This setting can be used to get more information about a participant before they attempt to join the meeting. You can choose to automatically or manually admit registered participants. We recommend manually admitting registrants. If someone who registers should not be there, you can deny their admittance. This will require more coordination on your part. For more information about Zoom's registration tool, please visit Zoom Support: Setting up registration for a meeting or Scheduling a Webinar with Registration.
Please disable this setting to keep removed participants from rejoining the meeting.
IMPORTANT: Participants that are inadvertently dropped from the meeting because of poor internet or cellular connection will be allowed to rejoin.
Please disable this setting. This will prevent attendees from changing their name after they enter the meeting.
Note: This setting requires version 4.6.10 of the Zoom Desktop Client or later. For more information on how to update your Zoom desktop client please visit: Zoom, Updating your Desktop Client.
Once a meeting has started, you can use the options below to prevent or manage disruption.
The In meeting Security tab has many Zoom meeting protection controls consolidated in one place. You can do the following:
Lock Meeting: this stops anyone else from joining your meeting
Enable Waiting Room: turn on or off the waiting room while the meeting is in session. This setting will utilize your waiting room configuration found at: illinois.zoom.us/profile/setting
Hide Profile Picture: for public meetings hide participant profile pictures.
Allow Participants to:
Share Screen: another place to control the share screen feature. This setting should be disabled (unchecked) for public meetings.
Chat: Turn off the chat completely. See below for more granular chat settings. This setting should be disabled (unchecked) for public meetings.
Rename Themselves: This setting will grant users the ability to rename themselves during the Zoom meeting. This setting should be disabled (unchecked) for public meetings.
Unmute Themselves: Uncheck this setting if you want your participants to remain silent
Start Video: Uncheck this setting if you don't want to allow your participants to show their video
Remove Participant: this allows the host or co-host the ability to remove disruptive participants from the meeting
Suspend Participant Activity: stop all interactive participants features if your meeting is being disrupted.
IMPORTANT: If you want to make your meeting "View Only" turn on (check) Hide Participant Profile Pictures and turn off (uncheck) Share Screen, Chat, Rename Themselves, Unmute Themselves, and Start Video.
Use the advanced sharing options to adjust who can share their screen or other device during a meeting.
You can also restrict chat messages by default in your illinois.zoom.us settings window. You can disable the chat for participants by default and prevent participants from saving the in meeting chat. You can also restrict private chat which would disable the ability for participants to send 1:1 chat messages to another participants. Finally, you can enable or disable auto-saving chats. Auto saving chats allow for hosts to automatically save the chat history at the end of the Zoom session. Note: a version of the chat history can be stored, when recording to the cloud. This setting can be found in your illinois.zoom.us settings under the "recording" tab.
If an attendee is using their video/webcam disruptively, follow these steps to disable their video:
IMPORTANT: Use this with caution. After the meeting has begun, you can lock the meeting, preventing anyone further from joining. This option can only be activated after a meeting has begun. To lock the meeting, follow the steps below:
Purchase and use a webinar license if possible. Webinar licenses will restrict participants to view only, and if properly managed, webinars can effectively prevent disruptions. If a webinar license is not feasible, please use the tips below to configure a publicly accessible Zoom meeting.