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Zoom rolls out feature for admins to disable PMIs to curb zombombing, more tools slated for May 9

In the latest attempt by Zoom to strengthen its security feature, it allows admins to disable Personal Meeting IDs.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | May 7, 2020 | Updated 19:27 IST

Highlights

  • Zoom has rolled out a feature for admins to disable Personal Meeting Ids to curb zoombombing.
  • The video conferencing app intends to give more control to the admin and reduce risk of intruding.
  • Once PMIs are disabled, the link becomes inactive and users must send invites again to the scheduler.

From being the most-talked about and used video conferencing app to being scrutinized for underwhelming security features, Zoom has come a long way.

In the past few months that saw multiple lockdowns owing to coronavirus, Zoom gained a lot of popularity. After quite a lot of companies banned their employees from using the platform, Zoom took conscious efforts to strengthen its security features.

Zoom brought in features like the waiting room and increased password complexities to strengthen its protocol. In the latest development, Zoom has added a feature which allows admins to disable Personal Meeting IDs.

This will help the platform from being exposed to zoombombing wherein intruders could get access to the group.

The new feature intends to give more control to the admin and reduce the risk of zoombombing altogether.

"Because PMIs are always accessible using the same ID or meeting link, anyone can join unless they're properly secured. Disabling the use of PMIs reduces that risk altogether and doesn't leave PMI security up to individual users," a blogpost by Zoom noted.

The blog stated that the user should delete meetings that use a PMI since the personal links become invalid and cannot be used to host a meeting. It further stated that new invites be sent to the desired scheduler.

When a PMI is disabled, users will get a message stating that "PMI is disabled" when accessing those meetings.

This option is available at the account or group level. Users must note that any previously scheduled meeting or a recurring meeting that uses a PMI must be updated. The blogpost suggests users to delete meetings that use a PMI and send new invites to the desired scheduler.

The blog further states that if a PMI is disabled, the user will not have a personal link or meeting ID unique to his Zoom account. The option of having private and secure options will be available nonetheless. This can be done using a randomly generated meeting ID.

Zoom also listed updates for Basic users that are to be rolled out on May 9. These are requirements of passwords for all meetings, default waiting rooms for PMI, screen sharing will be Host Only by default.

The feature is currently available for app users and it is unclear if it will be available for web users as well, Gadgets 360 noted.

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