Zoom Security & Privacy

Protect against"Zoombombing"

Unfortunately, universities across the country (including UCR) have been experiencing "Zoombombing," or uninvited guests entering a meeting and using Zoom’s screen-sharing feature to broadcast racist and pornographic content. Most Zoom meetings have a public link that, if clicked, allow anyone to join. You can protect your virtual space by enabling some of the following Zoom controls:

Recommended Settings

During a meeting

  • Designate a co-host: you can make a TA or rotate students to be a co-host and train them on what to do to help you immediately shut down unwanted activity.
  • Mute all: as the host, you can choose to mute all upon entry. You can mute all during the meeting in the Participant window. You can also stop participants from unmuting themselves, and instead ask them to use chat for questions. 
  • Stop the participants video: Before the meeting, you can choose to have participant video off upon entry. You can also stop participant video in the Participant window.
  • Remove: from that Participants window, you can mouse over a participant’s name, and several options will appear, including Remove. Your UCR Zoom settings are by default set to bar removed participants from returning.
  • NOTE: The new Security button on the toolbar has easier access to Enable Waiting Room, Lock Meeting, and controls to particpants' chat, rename, and screen share.

Recording a meeting

  • Always inform participants that they are being recorded.
  • Record active speaker with shared screen, not Gallery view.  See Recording Layouts for details.
  • Spotlight video to lock the active speaker to the presenter and uncheck ‘Display participants’ names in the recording. 

If you suspect a UCR student of disrupting your Zoom meeting, please report the social misconduct to the Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Programs Office