Zoom introduces a feature to protect video calls

Coming soon is a new update to Zoom that allows you to add a password to calls and put all participants in a waiting room

After several weeks of controversy due to the many security flaws in its video conferencing app, Zoom last week updated its platform by introducing new features aimed at making it more difficult to "attack" a video call of others. In other words: do Zoombing.

We're referring to the practice enacted by hecklers (at best) who enter public meetings to utter vulgarities, incite violence or offend other participants. Or, even, show themselves naked or screen pornographic material. All this was possible because the ID of the meeting was reported in the main window of Zoom and whoever made and shared on social networks a screenshot of the meeting gave the possibility to everyone to enter and do what they wanted. Since last week, however, users can disable the use of the ID (called personal meeting ID, PMI). Now, in a post on its blog, Zoom also explains how to best protect meetings.

Best Practices for Using Zoom's Personal Meeting ID

The ability to disable a PMI is a great option for organizations seeking more control and security for their Zoom meetings. Some companies, however, may still need to leave SMBs active so other people can join the conversation. Zoom recommends, however, that you enable the "waiting room" (you only enter after the meeting admin has given the okay), mute all participants as soon as they enter the meeting, and block access to the meeting after it has started and everyone who needs to attend is present. You can enable these features by going to Settings > Meetings > Personal Meeting Room.

Zoom more secure from May 9

In addition to the new features introduced last week, Zoom is preparing to roll out more starting May 9. From that date, passwords will be required for all meetings, even those previously scheduled. The waiting room will be enabled by default for all meetings. By default only the person launching the meeting will be able to share the screen, others will have to ask permission. These changes should further reduce the risk of Zoombombing and make video conferencing on this platform more secure.