Zoom Tips for a Secure Meeting

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April 16, 2020

With the arrival of social distancing and self-quarantine to our daily conversations, the term “Zoom-bombing” should also be added to the list.

As many are working remotely, Zoom meetings have become an integral part of day-to-day life. In addition to nice window light and a quiet space, below are a few tips and tricks to ensure your next Zoom meeting is secure.

College of Western Idaho's Information Technology team strongly recommends instructors use the Waiting Room functionality to protect the classroom from external intrusions. Many instructors are also using the Waiting Room as an attendance verification tool.

The instructor (host) can customize the title, logo, and message that appears in the Waiting Room to direct students to the correct class. The host can also send personal or group messages to attendees in the Waiting Room. Participants are unable to rename themselves to prevent assuming someone else’s identity within Zoom. 

The College is moving toward two models of Zoom deployment. One will provide basic remote-meeting capabilities supporting CWI’s operational practices. The other explores the value of Zoom, in conjunction with Blackboard's Collaborate, for instructional delivery with students. Each of these requires different configuration and security models.

For additional information on providing a secure environment for your Zoom meetings, please review the attached PDF.