zoombooming and online therapy

Zoombombing is another recent addition to our new COVID-19 vocabulary, along with coronavirus, sheltering-in-place, social distancing, flattening the curve. What a learning curve!

My therapist networks reacted with alarm. Will zoombombing affect our video therapy sessions?

What is zoombombing?

Efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve has increased the use of Zoom exponentially for video chatting, online meetings and video therapy. Sadly, hackers have seen an opportunity. The intrusion of an uninvited person/entity into a zoom session is called zoombombing.

Let’s take a step back

You’ve experienced yourself how the internet tracks your every move: You haven’t thought of needing a new car in years and then you google “vehicle with best gas mileage”. Suddenly your facebook page has all kinds of car ads pop up and you say to your significant other; “that’s creepy”.  

Will zoombombing affect video therapy?

Not at Couples In Step!

Couples In Step therapists use Zoom security features that prevent zoombombing.

  1. Randomly generated meeting ID’s are used
  2. Your therapist sets a password for each session that you have to input before you can enter the session
  3. Your therapist enables the zoom waiting room feature (think of it as you knocking on the door and your therapist opening the door to let you in)
  4. Your therapist locks the zoom session once the session has started (think of it as your therapist locking the door once you’ve entered)

Want to know more?

Here’s the best post I’ve found that addresses all the recent security issues Zoom has faced. But be careful. It’s long and dense.

But perhaps you’re ready to try online therapy. All our therapists are ready to offer you online therapy services. Give Couples In Step a call.