If you haven’t already, please read the email on zoombombing sent from Pepperdine’s CIO, Jonathan See.

Also, consider watching this video by Zoom Support on how to secure your meetings:

Since Zoom is a free and public platform, anyone with access to a meeting link can join. Unfortunately, recent incidents have occurred known as known as “Zoombombing” where unwanted participants enter the Zoom meeting room and screen-share and/or proceed to say or write very offensive things. Here are the ways to safeguard your meeting against zoombombing:

Treat the Zoom Session as a Private Event

  1. Share the Zoom meeting link only with intended participants.  Participants should not share the link publicly or with others who do not need to be in the meeting.
  2. Don’t post the meeting link in social public forums.  Faculty are encouraged to post the meeting link in their institutional learning management system for students to access.

Consider these Zoom settings (if appropriate)

  • Assign screen sharing ability only to the host. In Zoom, click the upward arrowhead (^) next to Share | Advanced Sharing Options | Only Host.
  • Mute participants upon entry and disable their ability to unmute themselves.  In Zoom, click Manage Participants | the “More” button and check both “Mute Participants On Entry” and “Allow participants to unmute themselves.”
  • Allow participants to chat with the host only.  In Zoom, click Chat | the “ellipsis” button and check “Host only.”

Zoombombing is both offensive and highly disruptive for you and your participants, and it can happen in Zoom or any other video conferencing solution.  If you experience such activities, please report the incident as soon as possible to an IT member. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.