Changes to Zoom Defaults

Originally posted at Sysnews.

See also: Protecting Zoom Meetings From Unwanted Disruptions and FBI guidance.

To increase the security and privacy of Zoom meetings, webinars, and recordings, several adjustments to the default settings for the NC State Zoom service have been implemented. The following changes apply to meetings, webinars, and recordings made after they were in place. You can implement these restrictions on existing meetings, webinars or recordings; see the support links below.

On March 26, Zoom changed the default screen sharing setting for all Education accounts: The default is now “Host Only.” This setting can be adjusted within a Zoom meeting or a user can change their default setting to apply to all meetings they create. To change screen sharing, you must be logged in to the Zoom client as the Host to share your screen or adjust the setting as follows:

  • During a meeting:
    • Participants -> Claim Host -> Log in -> Log in with SSO -> Company domain: “ncsu” -> NC State Shibboleth login -> Open in Zoom
  • Zoom client, outside of a meeting:
    • Log in with SSO -> Company domain: “ncsu” -> NC State Shibboleth login -> Open in Zoom

On March 27-28, NC State DELTA adjusted the authentication profiles available for restricting access to Meetings, Webinars and Recordings. When scheduling a meeting or webinar, if the user activates the “Only authenticated users can join” checkbox, they will now be able to choose either “NC State users only” (the user must be signed into Zoom with an email address) or “Sign in to Zoom” (which only guarantees that the user is signed in to a Zoom account and not necessarily one in our account).

Recordings will have the same options when selecting “only Only authenticated users can view cloud recordings.” Note the default for this setting is on and set to “NC State users only,” where it was previously “Publicly.”

Users can change these settings on individual meetings/recordings or they can adjust their individual defaults.