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Zoom's latest changes to prevent 'zoombombing' arrive on May 9th

You should see fewer unwanted guests thanks to new default settings.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
May 5, 2020
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CRANSTON, RI - APRIL 22: Evan Lancia, a English teacher at Cranston High School West, reaches out to students in his University of Rhode Island early enrollment writing class, working with small groups of 5 or 6 students at a time, something he feels is necessary to do two to three times a week, on April 22, 2020 in Cranston, RI. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Zoom is implementing more of its promised measures to bolster security and prevent “zoombombing” by unwanted guests. To start, it recently gave admins the option of disabling personal meeting IDs for scheduling and starting meetings. An intruder who discovers the ID can’t use it to host a videoconference. On May 9th, basic (aka free) accounts will need to use passwords for all meetings. Waiting rooms and host-only screen sharing will be on by default for these free users, too.

These changes come well into lockdowns for the COVID-19 pandemic, and too late for a host of teachers, businesses and personal users who’ve had to deal with trolls and and pranksters interrupting their video chats. Still, it’s an important step that could reassure those relying on Zoom — not to mention reduce incentives to consider alternatives like Google Meet.

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