Zoom deploys security check, administrators can now disable personal meeting IDs

Zoom, a video conferencing app, came to the rescue of young professionals and children attending online classes when the Covid-19 crash occurred. However, quite a few users and experts have raised security issues with the app in the past.

The San Jose-based company has addressed some of these concerns in a blog post. In a new security update, Zoom will allow administrators to disable personal meeting IDs. This will help prevent Zoombombing, an activity where hackers or trolls gain access to a particular meeting and bombard it with objectionable content.

The company has now implemented a feature that allows administrators to disable Personal Meeting IDs (PMI) to schedule or start a meeting.
“Because PMIs can always be accessed using the same meeting ID or link, anyone can join unless they are properly protected. Disabling the use of PMI completely reduces that risk and does not leave PMI security to individual users. “Zoom wrote in a blog post.

The option to disable PMIs can be locked at the account or group level. Once blocked, existing PMIs and meeting links are no longer valid. Users will receive a message stating “PMI is disabled” when accessing those meetings.
Zoom offers users an option to start an instant meeting with a randomly generated ID.

However, this not all. Starting Saturday, Zoom will also introduce new security changes for basic accounts. As listed on his official blog, the changes include:

  • Passwords will be required for all meetings, including new ones, pre-scheduled meetings and those using PMI
  • Waiting rooms for PMI will be enabled by default
  • Screen sharing privileges will be ‘Host only’ by default

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