May 24, 2022
Zoom automatically enabling waiting room by default to prevent Zoombombing

Zoom to Combat Zoombombing by Automatically Enabling Waiting Rooms by Default

Zoom, the video chat app, which has gained tremendous popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, has found a way to prevent Zoombombing…

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic precautions, lock-down situations are increasingly common. With such conditions prevalent in many parts of the globe, keeping a sense of normalcy is paramount. That means turning to alternative environments for work and education. One platform that’s gained enormous popularity is Zoom — a virtual meeting space. But, it has some serious security flaws.

Zoom Automatically Enabling Waiting Rooms by Default to Prevent Zoombombing

Enter the recently coined term “Zoombombing,” which is akin to photo-bombing or video-bombing. Because of the way that Zoom works, it’s super easy for total strangers to break into online meetings. Such intrusions are more than just harmless pranks. Some have included streaming pornography, shouting obscenities, and other foul and disgusting intrusions.

In order to fix the problem, Zoom will enable waiting rooms automatically by default. Zoom’s waiting rooms are essentially firewalls. Attendees cannot join meetings unless a host manually admits them. Conversely, when waiting rooms aren’t enabled, attendees can join meeting — even before the host arrives.

Zoom explains:

“For meetings scheduled moving forward, the meeting password can be found in the invitation. For instant meetings, the password will be displayed in the Zoom client. The password can also be found in the meeting join URL.”

Owen E. Richason IV

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