What is Zoombombing?
Zoombombing is a new form of trolling in which a meeting participant uses the screen sharing feature in Zoom to disrupt meetings and classes.
Default Security Settings
Effective August 17, 2020, the following security features will apply to all Zoom meetings scheduled by UAlbany faculty and students:
- All participants must login with their UAlbany Zoom account to join.
- All meetings will require a password.
- The Waiting Room is automatically enforced for guests and optional for UAlbany participants. Please note that guests (non-UAlbany participants) must login to their own Zoom account in order to join a UAlbany meeting.
- Participants cannot join a meeting before the host.
Best Practices to Prevent Zoombombing
ITS is committed to providing you with the tools and services you need to successfully deliver your classes on-line. This includes a safe, protected, and inclusive on-line learning environment for our faculty and students. We changed Zoom global features for security purposes and to restrict bad actors from presenting content or taking over your screen, whiteboard and adding annotation.
These features can be turned on as needed per meeting.
Faculty and Students: Please learn more about settings for classes.
- Restrict Access to UAlbany Users Only
- Mute All And Unmute All Participants
- Waiting Room
- Lock Meeting
- Manage your Meeting/Class Participants
- Set Passwords
- Disable File Sharing
- Disable Private Chat
- Security Options During a Zoom Meeting
If you are actively experiencing a Zoombombing Incident:
- Place Meeting Attendees On Hold
- Remove a Participant from Class
- Enable or Disable Waiting Room During a Zoom Meeting
- Report a Participant to Zoom
Report a Zoombombing Incident:
Contact the ITS Service Desk via email or call 518-442-3700 with the following information:
- Meeting ID
- Class Meeting Date and Time
- Details of the Incident
How was the meeting shared? Through Blackboard? Otherwise?
Was the meeting recorded?