Video conferencing has become the norm amid the ongoing pandemic — and it’s here to stay. While many organizations and individuals were utilizing video conferencing tools in some capacity before the novel coronavirus, others quickly adapted to the ‘new normal.’ As businesses worldwide adapted to remote work, they found themselves searching for tools and resources that would leverage collaboration and maintain a strong company culture.

Video conferencing platforms like Vai Vu have proven to be extremely beneficial, allowing organizations to maintain contact and some semblance of normalcy with remote employees. But this transition hasn’t been without some challenges. Security and privacy problems have plagued many video conferencing companies, raising concerns about users’ data and encryption policies. However, Vai Vu has made security a top priority, which is evident through our internal hosting capabilities. Zoom and other platforms take a Peer to Peer (P2P) approach, which keeps data costs low for the service provider, but at what cost? By opting to host internally, we have more control over privacy concerns, only allowing validated participants to access the conference and, in turn, remove a number of the known vulnerabilities.

VIDEO CONFERENCING SECURITY ISSUES

Here’s a look at some the top security issues that have come about with the surge in video conferencing and how we have addressed them:

  • End to end encryption. All Vai virtual meetings are encrypted, making it virtually impossible to jump into the conference uninvited. This means that “Zoom bombings” are not a concern, as we use a token with a public or private key that expires each meeting and cannot be used again.
  • Strong passwords. All meetings are password protected with our proprietary system of generated strong passwords. On top of this, we do not allow users to join without a password.

  • Recordings. Unlike many other video conferencing platforms, we’ve chosen not to store recordings on our servers. Rather, users can download the recorded meeting to their personal or work computer. This removes security concerns about storing sensitive information and data on the cloud.

  • Malware. Animated GIFs continue to be a problem with desktop apps, but do not affect browser applications like Vai online meetings. We also do not accept ZIP files or any other executables, which is yet another source of vulnerability.

  • Privacy. We are not here to monetize your personal data, and we do not share or resell any information. This has been our consistent stance on personal data and something we are very proud of.

Video conferencing isn’t going anywhere, even as much of the country has begun to reopen. You need a secure platform that is accessible, user-friendly, and won’t compromise your personal or professional data integrity. Sign up for Vai Online Meetings today and see what everyone’s talking about!