This page explains why meeting passwords are required on Webex meetings as of 1/10/2020.

Password Requirement for Scheduled Webex Meetings

Cisco released a security update for Webex meetings to enhance security and privacy. This update requires meeting participants to enter a password along with the meeting number when joining a meeting through the UConn Webex login: https://uconn-cmr.Webex.com

Personal Rooms and Video Conference Systems

Use of the "Personal Meeting Room" and video conferences systems are unchanged.

When a Password is Required

When you schedule a meeting, it sends participants meeting information that contains a meeting link, meeting number, password, and host key. If participants join a meeting through the UConn Webex login (uconn-cmr.Webex.com), they need to enter both the 9-digit meeting number and password found on the invitation. If participants join by clicking the meeting link, either through email or the Webex Meetings mobile app, they do not need to enter a meeting number or password.

When a Password is Not Required

If participants are given the direct link, they do not need to enter the password. You can access this direct link after scheduling your meeting on the Meeting Information page. Meeting organizers can also send the link to participants by adding their email to the "Attendees" field when scheduling a meeting.

Webex meeting information page.Webex schedule a meeting page.

Cisco Notes

As announced on Nov. 6, 2019 with the WBS39.10 release notes, starting from Jan. 10, 2020, all Webex sites are going to be configured to automatically add passwords for any new meetings, events, or training sessions. Below are details from the WBS39.10 release notes.

The most effective step to strengthen the security of your meetings is to create a strong password. Passwords protect against unauthorized attendance, so only users with access to the password can join the meeting.

Starting from Jan. 10, 2020, all Webex sites are going to be configured to automatically add passwords for any new meetings, events, or training sessions.

Password enforcement doesn’t affect the meeting join experience of attendees. Participants can easily join a meeting by clicking on the URL in the meeting invitation through email or the Webex Meetings mobile app, without requiring passwords. Users who enter the meeting number on the web page to join a meeting are required to enter passwords.

Password enforcement is only available for meetings scheduled after Jan. 10, 2020.

Cisco won’t enforce password requirements for attendees dialing in to the meeting through a phone or video device. We highly recommend that administrators configure their sites to require passwords for attendees joining through phones or video devices as well.

To support this change, with the WBS39.10 update, site administrators can’t disable passwords for meetings, events, and training sessions if their site has enabled passwords for them.