Latest update hit at midnight (2020-05-14 23:59:59 CEST):
Passwords for Meetings and Webinars
As a part of the password changes, the following settings will be enforced for all meetings. Due to this change, the settings will be removed from the web portal, and will be a required setting when scheduling:
- Require a password for Personal Meeting ID (PMI)
- Require a password when scheduling new meetings
- Require a password for instant meetings
- Require password for participants joining by phone
- Require passwords for Zoom Room meetings
So passwords will no longer be optional - enforced by removing the option to disable. Passwords will function as they where previously used.
Manually set og generated random.
If you do not already have passwords set for your currently scheduled meetings or webinars before
this change takes effect, we recommend deleting the existing meeting and scheduling a new meeting
and re-sending the invite to your participants.
Manually entering a meeting/webinar ID will always prompt the user to enter the password.
The way we read that is that you will be prompted for a password and might be unable to join if one isn't set.
Can I apply passwords in advance for my existing meetings before the change takes place?
Yes, you can edit your currently scheduled meetings, and add passwords to your existing scheduled meetings before the change takes place. This will also need to be done with your Personal Meeting Room, if you do not have a password required. This will minimize any potential disruption to your scheduled meetings, after the change. Learn more about adding passwords to meetings and webinars.
And last but not least:
How will this affect current integrations?
Because password settings will no longer be able to be disabled within account settings, meetings that were previously scheduled will require a password to join. While the host can still launch a meeting using the start_url, attendees will not be able to join using the join_url, without a password. For more information on how this change will affect API, Web SDK, and Chatbot/Marketplace apps, and the actions need to be taken to ensure integration functionality, please see our developer blog post regarding the change.
So in short, any and all meetings of any type will require password. You should be able to set these manually or use ones generated by Zoom.
If you schedule meetings now to be held after the change, make sure they're password protected.
And finally nobody knows when that cut-off date will be for us.
These changes will take effect on May 9th, 2020 for all free/basic accounts. The strategy for Pro, API, Business, Education, and Enterprise
accounts is being evaluated. (It was previously stated as taking effect on May 30th, 2020. Based on customer feedback we have decided
to delay this and re-evaluate.)