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Protect your video calls from unwanted guests

(22 October 2020)

The University has been informed about incidents of 'Zoom bombing', where uninvited guests share their screens to bombard real attendees with disturbing or distracting content, leaving participants feeling distressed, threatened and unsafe. Such behaviour is not acceptable at Durham University and will not be tolerated. Incidents will be reported to the Police. Every member of the University is expected to treat others with respect and tolerance so that every member of our community can live, study and work in a safe and inclusive environment. Read on for advice on keeping your video calls safe.

We'd like to remind everyone to be careful when sharing Zoom or Teams meeting details.

To stay safe and ensure only those who you want to attend your events come along, use passwords and only distribute your invites through email or calendar invites. Never post your meeting details on public social media channels.

For further information visit our Zoom pages ( and our Staying Safe Online pages (

If you would like to make your meeting private:

1. Enable/check these security settings:

  • Meeting password/passcode
  • Waiting room
  • Meeting registration

2. Send the new meeting information only to people you know

If you would like to keep your meeting public:

We strongly recommend a webinar, which will give you control over who participates with video, audio, chat, and screen sharing. Please contact the CIS support desk to request a webinar licence via the CIS support desk.

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