Campus Bulletin: Current Students, Faculty and Staff

How to Protect Your Meetings from Zoombombing

April 21, 2020 11:15 AM

Center for Information Technology

Zoombombing is a new form of trolling in which a participant uses Zoom’s screensharing and chat features to interrupt and disrupt meetings and classes. Several Zoom meetings at Oberlin have been "bombed," subjecting the participants to a barrage of sexist, racist language and imagery.

Fortunately, there are steps we can take to prevent Zoombombing. Beginning today, all new meetings will have the "waiting-room" function enabled by default. This feature allows the host to control when participants join a meeting. When scheduling a meeting, you can also require a password to join the meeting for an added layer of security. You should also take some time to review the Zoom meeting controls and become familiar with how to remove participants from a meeting in the event that someone is disrupting your course or meeting.

Visit for complete details on how to set up these security measures in Zoom. For questions and support on preventing Zoombombing, please contact the CIT Help Desk at or via telephone at (440) 775-8197.