video conferencing

With companies telling their employees to stay home to slow the spread of Covid-19, many are holding meetings remotely. Here’s what to look for when choosing a videoconferencing platform:

  • End-to-end encryption: This makes it harder to intercept any potentially sensitive information being discussed.
  • Attendance via PIN: The only attendees allowed into a meeting should be issued a personal identification number that changes each meeting.
  • Clear participant identities: Anyone on a video conference should be immediately identifiable via their name, email address, or information that was explicitly stated on their meeting invitation.
  • Virtual backgrounds: A lot of personal data and information can be gleaned from someone’s home office. A platform with a virtual background or greenscreen can help conceal potentially compromising information like bank statements or passwords written onto Post-Its.

  • Cost: “Free” teleconferencing services are usually generating their revenue via gathering user data. Go with a service that you actually pay for: those are more likely to be putting resources into security and technical support.