As another security measure, Zoom will soon release a feature which will allow users to report intruders causing disruptions in online audio and video meetings on the platform. Announced in a press release, the company stated that it will release a ‘report a user to Zoom’ button on its app by 26th April.
Report Zoom-bombers to the company
Available in the upcoming software update, ‘report a user to Zoom’ setting will enable account owners and admins to report trolls, commonly known as Zoom-bombers, directly to the company. Zoom’s Trust and Safety team would evaluate the reported individual for any inappropriate use of the platform and if found guilty, block that person.
This setting is available at the account, group, and user level and can be locked at the group or account level. This setting requires the Zoom client version which will be released on April 26, 2020.
The victims of troll attacks took to Twitter to notify the company of the abusive, racist and pornographic intrusions in online meetings. This is especially alarming for teaching session on the platform, where students as young as kindergarten pupils get exposed to such immoral attacks. Luckily, the company is actively responding to user’s safety and security concerns and needs.
Updated security measures
Recently, Zoom enabled virtual waiting room and meeting passwords by default on the platform. It also concealed Meeting IDs by default. Both features were rolled out because of numerous breaches by devious internet attackers interrupting meetings and sessions by flashing offensive content and comments on screen and playing inappropriate audio. The trolling led to a national security issue for UK, when PM Boris shared Zoom Meeting ID of a cabinet meeting in a photo uploaded on Twitter.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom was not widely used and had 10 million daily users on the platform. However, its unique group screen sharing feature made it a popular choice for educationalists, professionals and others to carry on work remotely during coronavirus related precautionary measure of lockdown, isolation and social distancing. That popularity not only brought 200 million daily users to the platform, but also attracted attention of miscreants which highlighted the weak security walls of the platform.
Although overwhelmed, Zoom has been working on improving the security measures on its platform. As users, you can still make your online session on Zoom more secure by enabling certain settings for each session. Learn how to make Zoom meeting more secure. You can read the complete release notes here.