December 1, 2020

Remove disruptive participants and other ways to protect your Zoom meetings

New feature: Suspend Participant Activities

You are receiving this message because you have the ability to host UW Zoom meetings. 

Zoom has released a new security feature that allows hosts and co-hosts to temporarily pause their meeting to remove a disruptive participant. This new feature, called Suspend Participant Activity, is located in the Security panel and shuts down disturbances from Zoombombing by ejecting the participant from your meeting. Learn how to use this new feature.

To use the Suspend Participant Activities feature, you must be signed in to the meeting as a host or co-host, and must have version 5.4.3 or higher of Zoom software.

Protect your Zoom meeting

To keep your Zoom meeting secure and prevent Zoombombers from disturbing your meeting, we strongly encourage meeting hosts not to share their meeting ID or passcode on a public facing website, public forums or social media, including Twitter and Facebook. Attackers scan the public web for links to meetings they can join.

Require UW NetID for meetings with UW-only participants

For meetings with only UW participants, enable the meeting setting “Require authentication to join.” When this setting is enabled, participants must sign in to UW Zoom with their UW NetID to join the meeting. Please make sure to share (for example, in your Canvas course) instructions on how to sign in with a UW NetID with your meeting participants.

Use Zoom Webinar for meetings with mixed audiences
If you are hosting webinars for a mix of UW and non-UW audiences, please use the Zoom Webinar product. Zoom Webinar is intended to broadcast events and provides a Q&A feature for viewers to post questions. Webinar viewers cannot share their screen, unmute their microphone or turn on their camera. Also, you and meeting participants can safely promote a Zoom Webinar on social media.

Zoom Webinar is an add-on product available with a UW Budget number. Visit the Zoom add-on order form for pricing and to place an order.

More information

  • For more information about keeping your meetings safe, visit the UW Zoom security page
  • Hosts who are conducting open public meetings should continue to follow the Open Public Meetings Act
  • If you need help or have questions, please contact the UW Information Technology Service Center at help@uw.edu or call 206-221-5000, and select option 5

Sincerely,
UW Zoom service team