How to change password in Zoom, disable Waiting Room, block

Zoom has become incredibly popular with the proliferation of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It is used for online conferences, distance learning and much more. But the level of security in Zoom leaves a lot to be desired. The number of unauthorized logins has grown, and recordings of meetings are recorded and published on Youtube and other publicly accessible resources.

Developers quickly responded and released several updates, after which many users had problems with joining the conference. Below, let’s look at some useful solutions for protecting information in Zoom.

Zoom security

Password in Zoom.

Prior to April 4, 2022, no password was set by default when creating a new conference. That is, all you had to do to enter a numeric identifier to enter your name.

Even without the skills of a hacker, anyone could spend a few hours to find a combination of random numbers and enter someone else’s “room. And if something interesting was found there, it was realistic to record the screen and then post the video online. Thus the concept of “zoom-challenge” appeared.

Before the situation turned into a huge scandal, the developers have made some changes – now by default it is now possible to login only with a password. But if necessary it can be changed or deleted.

  • To do this, the organizer must log in to his profile at Zoom. After authorization, go to the account (by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner). Or use the direct link – https://zoom.us/profile/setting.
  • You end up on the settings page, scroll down and see the options you need:
Zoom security: how to set a password, lock a conference, enable the Waiting Room

A random password is automatically created for the instant conference. The organizer can see it on the main screen after creating the conference. Or in the invitations window:

Zoom security: How to set a password, block a conference, enable the Waiting Room

If you want to use your password, it is only possible for conferences with PMI (personal identifier). You can find it in your profile settings:

Zoom Security: How to Set a Password, Block Conference, Activate the Waiting Room

You can specify your ID only in the paid Zoom tariff by clicking on “Edit” on the right side of the invitation link. It’s also realistic to specify that you want to use this number for instant conferences as well (instead of a random number).

Zoom Security: Set Password, Block Conference, Activate Waiting Room

Now in the settings, specify your password for conferences with PMI. Only it will be necessary to notify participants about the access code change if they have previously connected to this identifier:

We do not recommend deactivating the password. And if you want to simplify the connection procedure for participants, deactivate the option at your own risk. Next, we’ll look at a few more ways to protect yourself.


Waiting room in Zoom – how to disable, enable

When a new user joins, he does not immediately get into the common room for communication. First, the organizer must “give the go-ahead” by clicking on the “Accept” button in the list of participants. Until then, the person is in a virtual “Waiting Room”:

Zoom Security: Set Password, Block Conference, Activate Waiting Room

If the creator of the meeting does not want to add, it is enough to ignore it or delete the item from the list.

You can disable such a login algorithm by going into the settings:


Blocking a conference in Zoom

Let’s say you invited 10 people and they all joined. You don’t intend to add anyone else. In this case, you can use the “Block” function. It’s available in the member management tab – click on the “three dots” icon in the lower right corner and activate the corresponding option:

Zoom Security: Set Password, Block Conference, Activate Waiting Room

Alternatively, click on the “Security” button and there’s a suitable option there:

Zoom Security: How to set a password, block a conference, enable a Waiting Room

Now when you try to enter, you will see a notification about the blocking from the organizer.


These are the security methods available in Zoom. And if you can not enter after entering a password, most likely, it has been changed by the creator of the meeting and is no longer relevant. We recommend to watch the video from our Youtube channel, if any details of the text instruction are not quite clear:

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