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Recommended Host Settings

for Zoom and Webex.

With the rush to shift to online meetings, many of us did not take time to investigate what this meant to the spiritual foundation of our recovery – namely, anonymity. Now that online meetings are accessible, we want to pass on best practices for protecting anonymity.


These have been curated from the membership and online resources.



The default Zoom settings run counter to AA’s spiritual foundation of anonymity. The meetings are publicly accessible and full names and faces are often displayed. Additionally, by default, all Zoom meetings are recorded to the cloud. Turning that feature off is simple, fortunately.


There are other settings in the Meeting subtab that can also be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing.


Here are some suggested settings for your meeting to use. Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below, are not the Zoom default:


Go to: Settings > Recording and click off the Local and Cloud recording features.


In the Zoom Settings section, under the Meeting subtab:


• Require Encryption for Third-Party Endpoints


• Disable Autosaving chats


• Disable File transfer


• Disable Feedback to Zoom


• Disable Screen sharing


• Disable desktop/screen share for users


• Disable Remote control


• Allow Virtual background (this is the Zoom default and allows the user to use a virtual background instead of the inside of their apartment, for example)


In the Zoom Settings section, under the Recording subtab:


• Disable Local recording


• Disable Cloud recording


• Disable Automatic recording


Webex Settings – unless indicated here all other settings should be left as factory/default settings

At the Home screen select Preferences

Select - General

Zone -     London

Language – English

And save

Select - My Personal Room

Automatic Lock -  tick and set to 15 minutes

Notification - tick 

And save

Audio and Video

Auto Pin - set to 4875

And save


E-Mail invitation – tick send a copy to me

And save

At the home screen

Select from top right-hand corner drop-down – My Profile 

First Name – Christian Name

Second Name – Initials only

Do not enter address details

And save.

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