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.