Camden, N.J. – As more organizations and companies move to virtual meetings and events, a new trend has started called “Zoom Bombing.”

“’Zoom Bombing’ is when a stranger gains entry to a virtual meeting and begins posting inappropriate content, whether it’s pornography, racial slurs, profanity, or something highly offensive,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “Many of these virtual ‘bombings’ have occurred during religious meetings or video church services- a place where people have a right to feel safe. No one should have to witness these awful messages or videos, so we want to make sure people and organizations know how to prevent this from happening to them.”

The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell issued a list of tips to make virtual meetings more secure. Some of those include requiring a password to enter a meeting and only sharing that password with invited guests.

Using a waiting room before starting the meeting is a good way to allow the host to verify attendees, according to experts. Try to avoid sharing a meeting ID as this can be used to see when a meeting is currently in progress.

If you want to openly share a meeting, detectives said avoid posting the link on social media and instead ask interested parties to email or register by a certain point. Once the meeting is underway, hosts can lock it, preventing anyone else from joining once the meeting begins.

Police said another feature available on most video chat platforms is the ability to disable screen and file sharing. Once you do this, if someone is trying to post inappropriate content, they won’t be able to.

If you do become the victim of a virtual meeting “bombing,” report it here or email questions to njccic@cyber.nj.gov. Visit the NJCCIC website for more information and tips.