There is a new form of trolling in which bad actors are interrupting Hangouts Meet and Zoom meetings sharing offensive material, and disrupting meetings and classes.
Here are a few suggestions for reducing the risk of this happening to your meeting or class.
Google Hangouts Meet
- Don’t post the link to your Hangout in a public place. Send it directly to your participants.
- Know who you are allowing to join your Hangout before letting them in.
- If someone does gain access to your Hangout, you can remove them.
- Don’t post your Zoom link in a public place. Send it directly to your attendees.
- Password protect your meeting. This has the extra benefit of making the Zoom link longer, which makes it harder for someone to randomly guess your Zoom meeting url.
- Turn OFF “Join before host” (do not allow participants to join your meeting prior to you)
- Turn ON the “Waiting Room” feature (you can then manually admit attendees into your Zoom meeting)
- Turn ON “Only authenticated users can join meetings” (this requires attendees to be logged into Zoom before joining a meeting.
- If someone does gain access to your Zoom meeting, you can remove them.
- Make sure you are running the latest version of Zoom and update if not. You can check for updates and download here.