Zoom Security Settings
To help members of the UCLA community manage Zoom security concerns — including Zoombombing — we recommend the following steps for using Zoom while working and learning remotely.
On April 5, Zoom introduced updated measures to enhance the security of all Zoom sessions.
The new settings affect two areas:
- Enforced meeting passwords
- Waiting room is on by default
UCLA has revised its guidance on Zoom to take advantage of these changes.
Because the changes affect all meetings, we recommend that you verify the following settings and then send new invitations to all participants for all previously scheduled meetings and classes.
Zoom web application:
- You can create a UCLA Zoom account from the Zoom at UCLA website.
- Before you sign-in to host a meeting, you must first set-up the meeting and properly adjust your Zoom security settings using the Zoom web application.
- Instructions to set-up a secure Zoom meeting using the web application are below.
Zoom desktop application:
- The desktop app can be downloaded to your Mac or Windows computer from the Zoom at UCLA website.
- For instructors and meeting hosts:
- After you have set-up the meeting and adjusted the Zoom security settings using the web application, you are strongly encouraged to then use the Zoom desktop application instead to conduct the meeting.
- Recording a Zoom lecture or meeting requires the use of the desktop app.
- For meeting participants (that is, those not hosting Zoom sessions):
- Participants may safely join lectures or meetings using either the desktop application or the web application.
If you haven't already, visit Zoom at UCLA to download the desktop application.
If you have already downloaded the Zoom desktop application, you need to ensure that you are running the current version.
Follow these steps to check for the current version.
1. Open the Zoom application.
2. Click on your profile in the upper right-hand corner of the Zoom application.
3. Select "Check for Updates" from the dropdown menu.
4. If a new version is available you will get a notification to update; otherwise, you should see the following.
2. Schedule a new meeting. To schedule your meeting, start by selecting “Schedule a New Meeting.”
3. Naming and setting the date. The first options you should set are the meeting topic and the schedule for the meeting. If you would like to add a description for the class or meeting, you may, but it is not necessary.
4. Creating a recurring meeting (optional). If you would like the meeting to be a recurring meeting, check the box next to “Recurring meeting” and enter the details for the recurrence.
5. Meeting ID and meeting password. Next to Meeting ID, the button for “Generate Automatically” should already be checked. We do not recommend using your Personal Room for general sessions. The “Require meeting password” option will be selected by default for all meetings, and a password will be generated for you. You can change the password, but we recommend that you keep it as a numeric password.
6. Check video settings and mute participants on entry. When scheduling the meeting, ensure that video is off for both host and participants. You should also ensure that “Mute participants on entry” and “Enable waiting room” are both checked.
7. Alternative Hosts. Finally, if your meeting has a co-host, add the co-host’s email in the “Alternative Hosts” field. You can add multiple co-hosts by entering their email addresses separated by commas (for example: [email protected], [email protected]).
Important note: The host and all co-hosts have the same privileges in meetings. A faculty member or meeting chair must be the host or co-host, even when a teaching assistant or other assistant is creating and managing the Zoom session.
8. Save your meeting. Click “Save,” and you will see a confirmation that your meeting has been created.
9. Send participants the information they need to join your meeting. You can send participants a link that they can click to join your meeting by highlighting and copying the text next to “Join URL.” Alternatively, you can send the text of the complete meeting invitation by clicking on “Copy the invitation” (see next step). You can then send the copied text to your participants.
10. Copy the invitation. When you click “Copy the invitation,” another window will pop up and allow you to copy the invitation details. If you are using CCLE to share the information, we recommend that you copy the full meeting invitation details to post into CCLE.
11. Waiting room options. Once you have saved your meeting, you must make a change in your profile settings. You only have to change this setting once unless you decide to change it again later. Begin by clicking “Settings” on the left side of your screen.
a. On the next screen, click “In Meeting (Advanced).”
b. Scroll down the page until you get see “Waiting Room.”
- Make sure that “Guest participants only” is checked.
- Make sure that “Allow internal participants to admit guests” just below it remains unchecked.
This will ensure that any user who is logged in using an account from ucla.zoom.us will automatically join your meeting, and it will keep all other users held in the waiting room until you admit them.
Note: You may choose to leave the “All Participants” option checked instead of using “Guest participants only.” However, this will force all participants into the waiting room, and a host will have to admit each participant individually or allow everyone into the meeting at once. The option you choose will affect how the waiting room feature works for all of your meetings.
1. Initiate the meeting. We recommend that you initiate and host meetings using the Zoom desktop application (Windows and Mac users). You must use the Zoom desktop application if you are recording a session.
a. Start the Zoom desktop app: To use the desktop app, you may be asked to log-in. Select the “Sign in with SSO” option to ensure you are using the ucla.zoom.us account.
b. UCLA domain: A dialog box will ask for your company domain, which is "UCLA". If the field is empty, type “ucla” in the box and click “Continue.”
2. Begin the meeting. We recommend that the host begin the meeting a few minutes prior to the scheduled start time to allow for managing participants.
a. To start the meeting, click on the “Start” button beside the meeting name.
b. If the meeting does not appear on the main screen, click on the “Meetings” button at the top of the desktop application.
3. Mute participants in meeting. After beginning the meeting, the host should select “Manage Participants” at the bottom of the meeting window.
a. This will open the Participants pane on the right-side of the application window.
b. Select the “Mute All” button.
c. A dialog box will pop up. Make sure that the “Allow participants to unmute themselves” box is unchecked, and then select “Continue.”
4. Limit Chat. Next, select “Chat” at the bottom of the Zoom meeting window. This will open a separate chat window.
a. At the lower left-side of the chat window, you will see a box with a “…” symbol. Click that box.
b. Make sure “Host Only” is checked. This will only allow participants to chat with the host to protect the session from unwanted chatter.
Once these options have been set, you are ready for your meeting to start
As participants start to join the meeting, those who are using a ucla.zoom.us account will be placed directly in the meeting.
Those who are not will be shown as “waiting” in the Participants window.
- To admit someone who is waiting, simply click the “Admit” button.
- If you do not recognize a participant who is waiting, you can either leave them in the waiting room or click the “Remove” button.
Remember: Only hosts or co-hosts can move individuals from the waiting room to the class or meeting.
If you have a participant who starts their video and displays objectionable content, you can quickly terminate that user’s video.
1. Open "Manage Participants."
2. Move your cursor to the offender’s name in the "Participants" pane. Next to the participant’s name, you will see two buttons. Click on the "More" button.
- "Stop Video" does not remove the participant but does restrict their ability to restart their video. The host can restart that participant’s video if desired.
- "Remove" will open a dialog box, asking you to confirm the action. If you do, the user will be removed and not be able to rejoin the meeting.
These recommendations will significantly reduce any participant's ability to disrupt your meeting.
As the host, you will need to actively monitor participants and deal with any disruptive behavior.
One additional step you can take is to turn off participants video as they join, using the steps outlined above for unruly participants. When the host turns off the video, the participant cannot restart the video.
You should also ensure that “Mute participants on entry” and “Enable waiting room” are both checked.
Zoom also offers other options that may be value for meeting hosts, including:
1. Lock the meeting. When you lock a Zoom Meeting after it has started, no new participants can join, even if they have the meeting ID and password (if you have required one).
- In the meeting, click “Participants” at the bottom of your Zoom window.
- In the Participants pop-up, click the “Lock Meeting” button.
2. Put them on hold. You can put each participant on a temporary hold, including the attendees’ video and audio connections.
- Click on someone’s video thumbnail and select “Start Attendee On Hold” to activate this feature.
- Click “Take Off Hold” in the Participants list if and when you’re ready to have them back.