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Best Practices for Managing and Protecting A Zoom Meeting

NOTE: The features mentioned in this article reflect the latest version of the Zoom desktop client. For information on how to update Zoom, see How to Update Zoom.

Zoom meetings for class or collaboration can be protected in a variety of ways to limit attendance to the invited participants and to control participation as needed during the meeting.

Inviting your meeting participants

For classes, starting a Zoom meeting from within ReggieNet makes it much less likely that the meeting ID will be shared to uninvited guests. If you’re using Zoom for a class session, it is strongly recommended that you start the meeting from within ReggieNet.

Using Zoom with ReggieNet

Inviting students to your course through the Zoom web site or desktop client sends an email invitation to each student with the meeting ID included. This method provides an easily shareable link to the meeting that could quickly be sent to others without your knowledge. Once in a meeting, uninvited guests can listen in on discussions, capture screenshots of shared content, and even disrupt the meeting with unwanted video, audio, or shared content.

Please note that participants attending by the phone call option will be identified only by their phone number.

Options for Managing a Meeting in Progress

The host of a Zoom meeting has many options to help manage participation by attendees and protect against unwanted participation.

Lock the Meeting

Zoom meetings can be locked after they have started to ensure no other participants can join. In order to do so, please follow these steps:

  1. Once the Zoom meeting has started, select [Security] in the Zoom Task Bar at the bottom of the meeting.
  2. In the menu that appears, select [Lock Meeting].

A checkmark is now visible next to the option and this feature is enabled. Additionally, a notice will display to warn you that the meeting is now locked and no new attendees can join.

Block Name Changes

Zoom allows you to block the ability to change names and profile pictures of meeting participants.

  1. Once the Zoom meeting has started, select [Security] in the Zoom Task Bar at the bottom of the meeting.
  2. In the menu that appears, click [Rename Themselves] under Allow participants to.

Without a checkmark next to the option, the feature is now disabled.

Set Participants to Mute

Zoom allows you to mute single participants or mute all participants. You are also capable of muting individuals instantly upon joining the meeting.

Muting Individuals

  1. Once the Zoom meeting has started, select [Manage Participants] in the Zoom Task Bar at the bottom of the meeting.
  2. In the sidebar that appears, hover over the participant you would like to mute and select [Mute].

Muting All Participants

  1. Once the Zoom meeting has started, select [Manage Participants] in the Zoom Task Bar at the bottom of the meeting.
  2. In the sidebar that appears, click [Mute All] at the bottom to mute all participants.

Muting Upon Joining Meeting

  1. Once the Zoom meeting has started, select [Manage Participants] in the Zoom Task Bar at the bottom of the meeting.
  2. In the sidebar that appears, click [More] in the bottom right.
  3. In the drop-down that appears, select [Mute Participants on Entry].
    • NOTE: If you do not want participants to be able to unmute themselves, please be sure to uncheck [Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves].

Limit Screen Sharing to Host

After you start a Zoom meeting, you can change the Screen Share settings to limit who can and cannot share their screen. In order to do so, please follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Share Screen button and select the [^] button to the right of it.
  2. Within the menu that appears, select [Advanced Sharing Options…].
  3. A new window will appear, under the Who can share? Tab select [Only Host].

Restrict Chat to Message Host Only

After you start a Zoom meeting, you can change the Chat settings to only allow messages to be sent to the host. This prevents meeting participants from engaging in side conversations during your meeting through the Zoom chat feature or posting offensive content. To limit chat to host only, do the following:

  1. In your meeting, click the [Chat] icon.
  2. Click the [three dots] to the right of the To: field in the new message section of Zoom Group Chat.
  3. Click [Host Only] under Participant Can Chat With.

Remove Unwanted Participants While in A Meeting

There may be times where you will need to remove a participant in your Zoom meeting. To do so, please follow the instructions below:

  1. In your meeting, click the [Manage Participants] icon.
  2. A list of the attendees should appear on the right.
  3. Hover your mouse over their name until the [More] button appears. Click [More].
  4. You should see an option to remove the user. Once you confirm their removal, they will be removed from the meeting.

Restrict Participant Annotation

Zoom offers a whiteboard feature for meeting hosts and participants to collaborate using a virtual whiteboard. Restricting participant annotation prevents participants from using the shared whiteboard for your meeting and avoids unwanted messages from being displayed. To restrict annotation, do the following:

  1. In your meeting, click the [Share Screen] icon.
  2. Select [Whiteboard] from your options and click [Share].
  3. In the Zoom meeting toolbar at the top, click [More].
    • This toolbar will auto hide at the top of the screen. To view the toolbar, place your cursor over the green box with the Meeting ID.
  4. Click [Disable Participants Annotation].

Additional Options to Secure a Meeting when Scheduling

These options will help protect your Zoom meeting from uninvited participants when you schedule the meeting. They may add time to getting a class or meeting started, however, as participants either use a password or wait to be admitted. That should be factored into the decision to use these features.

Require Authentication

You have the option to require participants to sign in prior to joining your meeting. Only participants with an ISU ULID and password will be able to join your meeting and anyone outside of ISU will be locked out. Note that the require authentication feature must be enabled for your Zoom account and is only available when scheduling a meeting, not when starting a new meeting immediately. Information on how to enable this feature is available in the following article, How To Require Authentication For Your Zoom Meeting.

To require authentication for your Zoom meeting, please follow the instructions below.

Require Authentication When Scheduling a Zoom Meeting in ReggieNet

  1. Navigate to ReggieNet and log in. Go to the course where you are scheduling the meeting.
  2. Click the [Zoom] tab.
  3. Click [Schedule a New Meeting].
  4. You should now see the meeting settings.
  5. Locate the Meeting Options section and check the box next to Only signed-in users with specified domains can join meetings.
  6. Ensure the box is checked next to Include approved domains ilstu.edu.
  7. Click [Save].

Require Authentication When Scheduling a Zoom Meeting from the Zoom Desktop Client

  1. Open your Zoom application and log into Zoom.
  2. Click the [Schedule] icon.
  3. Set your preferred meeting options.
  4. Under Advanced Options, check [Only authenticated users can join].
    • ISU login will appear by default in the dropdown menu under the setting. This should be left as is.

This will take effect once you officially start the scheduled meeting.

Password Lock Your Zoom Meeting

You have the option to password lock a Zoom meeting to hinder unwanted guests from accessing your Zoom meeting. It is recommended that you only share this password with those who will be attending the meeting, and to have a strong, secure password. Note that the password feature is only available when scheduling a meeting, not when starting a new meeting immediately. To set a password on your Zoom meeting, please follow the instructions below.

NOTE: This feature will only work in the Zoom Desktop Client. Students who get dropped from the meeting due to network connectivity issues or mistakenly closing the window will be unable to rejoin a locked meeting.

  1. Open your zoom application and log in to Zoom.
  2. Click the [Schedule] icon.
  3. Set your preferred meeting options.
  4. Under Password, check [Require Meeting Password].
  5. You may notice that a password is set for you. We recommend changing the default password to something much stronger.
  6. Once you have entered the preferred password, it will be set once you officially schedule the meeting. Users will be prompted to enter a password once the meeting participants join the meeting they were invited to. The password can be found in the meeting invitation.

Use a Waiting Room for Participants

When you require a waiting room for participants, this will force users to wait for approval before entering a meeting. This gives you, the host, the option to deny any unwanted participants and monitor those who are waiting to enter the meeting. To set up a waiting room, please follow the instructions below.

Set up a Waiting Room When Scheduling a Zoom Meeting in ReggieNet

  1. Navigate to ReggieNet and log in. Go to the course where you are scheduling the meeting.
  2. Click the [Zoom] tab.
  3. Click [Schedule a New Meeting].
  4. You should now see the meeting settings. The [Enable Waiting Room] checkbox will be under Meeting Options.
  5. You will not see the participants who are waiting until they accept the meeting and join. They will first be “waiting” before being able to participate in the meeting.
  6. To admit the participant into the meeting, click [Manage Participants] and hover over the name of the person waiting and click [Admit].

Set up a Waiting Room When Scheduling a Zoom Meeting from the Zoom Desktop Client

  1. Open your Zoom application and log into Zoom.
  2. Click the [Schedule] icon.
  3. Set your preferred meeting options.
  4. Under Advanced Options, check [Enable Waiting Room]. This will take effect once you officially start the scheduled meeting.
  5. You will not see the participants who are waiting until they accept the meeting and join. They will first be “waiting” before being able to participate in the meeting.
  6. To admit the participant into the meeting, click [Manage Participants] and hover over the name of the person waiting and click [Admit].

Additional Information

More information regarding how to manage Zoom meetings and additional steps may be found at: https://ctlt.illinoisstate.edu/keepteaching/manage-meeting/

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