Graduation events and more should work to prevent Zoom-bombings

April 20, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —  With Penn State spring commencement fast approaching and upcoming end-of-semester Zoom events planned, it is important to continue to remain vigilant in learning the steps to keep Zoom meetings safe and to understand why it is critical to refrain from posting links online publicly.

To advertise and promote Zoom events publicly, it is strongly recommended to convert the meeting to a webinar, which will give the host more control over who participates with video, audio, chat and screen sharing. To convert a meeting into a webinar, the scheduled meeting must use an automatically generated meeting ID and cannot be scheduled with one’s personal meeting ID. Under the "Schedule Meeting" options, select "Generate Automatically" in the meeting ID section.   

Check out the short four-minute video on how to take action to secure your meetings on the website.

Additional Zoom training resources, Knowledge Base articles, and Zoom Office Hours, provided by Penn State IT Learning and Development on Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. through May 5, also are available on the Zoom website.

Sign up to be notified when registration is available to attend "Zoom Security: Take Action to Secure Your Meetings." Participants will learn to update their global settings for increased security, create a secure Zoom meeting, learn about security options available during meetings, and what to do in the event of a security disruption.  

In addition, this Knowledge Base article on how to report Zoom-bombing incidents, as well as which offices can provide additional support and resources, is available: "Zoom: What to do Following a Zoom-Bombing Incident."

For the latest Zoom updates, news, resources, support and training information, visit   


Last Updated April 20, 2021