Secure communications with Jitsi Meet hosted in the cloud
The demand for video conferencing software and video chat apps continues breaking records.
This March, as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, video conferencing apps reached a mark of 62 million downloads and continue to rise.
In order to avoid spreading coronavirus, millions of employees were forced to switch to remote working.
Video conferencing allows teams to work from home using different software solutions for meetings, one-on-ones, brainstormings, updates, and general communications. Among them: Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts Meet, Jitsi Meet, join.me and much more.
Due to social distancing people were forced to move their social lives online as well. Many of us started to use video conferencing apps & software much more often to chat with family and friends amid pandemic. Educational institutions have started their online classes for the students and are also looking for reliable video calling solutions.
How to Protect Your Communications
The flip side of video conferencing raising popularity is that offenders have started to attack these technologies and their users more and more frequently.
Zoom app has become one of the most popular video conferencing solutions during this spring isolation period for both professional and personal use. However, a lot of questions came up about this application security risks.
First of all, every user of video conferencing software or app must be aware of what can be done for communication protection.
Here are some tips to keep your online meetings private and safe from intruders, no matter what kind of software you use:
- Ensure that all your meetings are protected with reliable passwords against uninvited guests. Names of a meeting and organizer are sensitive and need to be secured as well.
- Always check the video conference participants when you send out an invitation and doublecheck them during the meeting.
- Avoid sharing conference links on social media or other public platforms.
- Always verify a conference invitation is from a trusted person and check meeting links.
- Make sure your video conferencing software is updated to the latest version to address vulnerabilities.
- Don’t use file transfer features, it’s better to share your files via some trusted cloud storage (e.g. NextCloud).
- Report any suspicious activity to your company’s information security team and to video conferencing technology vendor.
- Doublecheck your security and privacy settings.
Jitsi Meet: Your Own Service on Your Own Servers
In this subsection, we decided to share with you the easiest and the most secure way to set up your online meetings.
When considering which video conferencing tool is best for you or your team remember to weight a couple of things:
- The number of attendees in your meetings
- The frequency of using this software
- Security risks
- Quality of audio and video provided
- Integrations and additional functionality if needed.
One of the best-in-class conferencing software technologies is provided by Jitsi Meet. It uses the relatively new WebRTC open standard for internet communications.
Jitsi is free, open-source, encrypted and on infrastructure you own.
What makes Jitsi Meet software so peculiar is that you don’t need to sign up, create your account or share your phone number.
All you need to do is just type a URL and send it to your team or friends. When they click it they join your video conference. Typing the URL is super easy as well.
Jitsi Meet also provides screen and document sharing features, recording and YouTube live streaming options.
If you want more security than passwords and end-to-end encryption can give, you can set up your own Jitsi video conferencing server and take full control of it.
Of course, this is a more complex task and you need to have hardware or reliable cloud hosting to complete it, but just imagine this level of security and tech independence.
Here are a few more advantages of having personal Jitsi Meet server:
- Private failover and High Availability solutions
- High level of privacy and security due to deployment inside isolated containers with encrypted traffic
- Shaping infrastructure based on your needs
- Private authentication system and access control
- Custom video conference configuration and more
Jitsi Meet Automatic Deployment
Of course, most of us don’t have our own data centers to host Jitsi Meet.
A very good solution would be to deploy Jitsi in the cloud, for example: you can easily accommodate bandwidth and computing needs on Hidora Cloud.
Running Jitsi on your own server is a really simple experience with Hidora Cloud service.
Let’s go through several simple steps below to ensure.
- Sign into your Hidora Cloud account.
- Click on the Marketplace button.
- Find Jitsi in the list of applications available for automatic deployment.
- In a minute or so the deployment will be completed and you’ll see the window with the video conferencing admin credentials and the link to the app.
- Click on Jitsi Server URL or Open in Browser button to get access to the video conferencing admin dashboard.
- That’s it! Now you can start your meeting with Jitsi Meet in the most secure environment.
With a video conferencing solution by Jitsi, you can communicate with your team or with customers effectively and securely, no matter where they’re located. Don’t forget that a reliable hosting solution for your application also matters.
Matthieu Robin is CEO at Hidora, an experienced strategic leader, a former system administrator who had managed and configured more environments manually than anyone on the planet and after understanding that it could be done in several clicks established Hidora SA. He regularly speaks at conferences and helps companies to optimize business processes using DevOps. Follow him on Twitter @matthieurobin.