Latest Zoom Client Features

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020 by GrahamWalsh

Zoom has been in the public eye recently over some issues. I’m not here to talk about that, that can be done over a beer. What I am showing here is how quick Zoom has reacted and rolled out a new client to the desktop to improve security and prevent Zoom Bombing. It won’t completely stop it, as students think it is funny to share meeting codes online to get zoom bombed during their lectures.

The ones I feel sorry for are young children or vulnerable people who have been virtually abused. How do say sorry to these people? You can’t. I have seen some of the videos shared online and they are truly appalling. The parents of these zoom bombers must be really proud. You could say at least they are not out on the streets spreading C-19 or mugging old ladies. I spent two evenings reporting accounts and posts on twitter along with videos on YouTube for these posts to be removed. I don’t know what good it did, but I tried to get them off the internet.

Anyway, I digress. With the latest update of the Zoom desktop client, Zoom has rolled out new features to prevent anonymous people from accessing your meetings. I did write here how to secure your Zoom meetings from the portal. Thankfully Zoom has enforced this now on all users. Yes it makes it a few more clicks to get the meeting started, but you don’t leave your front door open, why leave your zoom meeting open?

This week there have been two updates to the client. This is the Windows Desktop, I’ve also had to update my Crestron Flex Zoom Room too.

Zoom Desktop

New Zoom Features
New bar at the bottom

Notice there is a new security option, if we click on that we now see some options for this meeting

Default options on my meeting
Secure Meeting Room with the option to allow people to join.

Now once someone wants to join, I hear an alert and I have head to Manage Participants and admit my home office Zoom Room.

Zoom Waiting Room

Zoom Rooms

When I join a meeting from my Crestron Flex Zoom Room, I now see this on the touch panel/screen

Zoom Room Waiting Notice

Once admitted, I can now access the meeting and see things I normally would.

Zoom Room participant list.

The below image shows that I can update the Zoom Room application from the Zoom Portal. I would encourage you ensure your Zoom Rooms are up to date too.

Zoom Room Update from the portal

That’s all for now on the Zoom updates. I’m sure there will be more very soon. Follow the zoom blog here too for updates.

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