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Zoom Meetings Now Require Passcode or Waiting Room

As you may know, Zoom recently released Zoom 5.0, which provides additional security and privacy for Zoom meetings. In addition to this update, Zoom is also modifying their default security settings. As of September 27, 2020, if you do not have a passcode on an existing Zoom meeting, a waiting room will be enabled by default. Now, newly created Zoom meetings will require either a passcode or a waiting room. These changes further secure Zoom video conferences by preventing unwanted participants from joining your meetings.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Passcodes are randomly generated, but can be customized by the host.
  • If you select the passcode option, all attendees—either joining via their computer or by phone—will be required to access the meeting with the passcode (e.g., through the passcode embedded in the Zoom meeting link or by manually entering the passcode via phone or web).
  • If you add passcodes to an existing meeting, calendar invites will need to be sent again to include the passcode.


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