By Karyn Greenstreet
Posted in:Mastermind Group Facilitation
Many of you use Zoom for mastermind group meetings, classes, and private client meetings.
Unfortunately, because Zoom has become so prevalent during this pandemic, some hackers are enjoying disrupting meetings, by either attending a meeting where the Zoom link was made public on social media or by simply guessing a random 9-digit Zoom room ID.
Here’s how to protect your meetings and classes.
There are two ways to get it:
In the main “Settings” for your Zoom account (applies to all meetings), and in each individual meeting, as needed.
Note: Zoom Meetings is a different product from Zoom Webinars. These tips are for Zoom Meetings.
Here are some simple settings to ensure your privacy, and deal with disruptive behavior, during meetings:
As the host, you have extra controls at the bottom of your Zoom screen that the participants don’t have. Theses ones are the ones you want to look for:
The Manage Participants button (Alt-U) is the one that gives you all the power.
When you see a list of all the participants, you can right-click (CMD-click) on an individual participant who is misbehaving and either mute them, or remove them from the meeting.
You can also enable or disable Chat, or enable it only for private chats with the Host (that’s you) and one other person, but not public chats.
Zoom has a blog post on other ways to secure your Zoom meeting/class here on their blog.
Remember, YOU have control of your Zoom meetings. Most people will behave well, but occasionally there is someone who wants attention and won’t follow normal group protocol.