Google introduces stricter security restrictions on its videomeeting service to prevent problems like “zoombombing.” Under the recently announced changes, the company will severely restrict anonymous users from joining individual video chats in their educational packages.
This step will prevent users who are not signed in to their Google Account from signing in to G Suite for Education or G Suite Enterprise for Meetings created by users with an Education license. This way, participants cannot share a public link to join online chats. Disabling is enabled by default, however, meeting administrators have the option to request that Google disable it through G Suite Customer Service. Enhanced protection has already been activated by the company in several stages in the service, and its global live life is expected to take more than two weeks.
The term zoombombing became known earlier this year, causing headaches to users in the Zoom videomeeting service, which also gave the name of the phenomenon. During the zoombombing “attacks”, strangers joined a video chat anonymously, uninvited, and flooded the meeting with inappropriate content. In the case of Zoom, this was especially easy, as by typing in the service's randomly generated IDs, unauthorized people could join random meetings with a few attempts. students from several schools using the Google platform for distance learning during the coronavirus epidemic did so as a joke. So it was timely for Google to introduce more stringent protection – in the meantime, of course, the Zoom mentioned has greatly improved the security of its service.
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