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NWS Jitsi – is it really safe?

by | Dec 2, 2020 | Apps, Jitsi, Web Services

 

Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Jitsi public server – Everyone says “Your conferences are safe!”
So do we. But is your data really safe when you are using NWS Jitsi ? The answer is yes. We will give you 6 reasons/features why.

 

1. End2End Encryption

You can enable End2End Encryption at any time. Do you want to secure what is spoken and shown? No problem.

 

 

 

Only the participants which are joining your meeting and are activating E2E as well, can see and hear what you are saying. It will secure the data sent to the clients.

2. Lobby Feature

A common problem with Jitsi was that you could enter an already occupied conference with the same room name. Here is a feature that counteracts this problem.
To make Jitsi a little bit more secure there is a new lobby feature.

 

 

This feature can be easily activated by a moderator in the room. Now every participant has to enter his name and ask if he can join the session.

 

 

The moderator can then decide whether or not the participant can join the session.
To activate the lobby feature you will need to make a few following modifications to Jitsi.

 

 

3. Moderators

Moderators are the only one, which are allowed to enable the communication in a conference room, change security settings, enable E2E or the lobby feature, kick participants and so on.
Depending on the plan you have started, you can add 3 to 26 extra moderators.

 

 

You can reset the passwords of all of them, delete them again, recreate – just what you would do with admins in your own infrastructure. Keep the overview of who is allowed to manage your meetings!
Communication will be blocked unless someone with moderator rights enters the room. They are in charge!

 

4. Conference Passwords

In today’s time of home schooling, it unfortunately brings problems with it. Students who have received the invitation link can guess the name of other classes if the naming convention is the same and can anonymously log in to this class and disturb it.
Or if it is an important meeting, where you want to prevent colleagues from unintentionally logging in. It has also happened to me that I accidentally clicked on the wrong room and ended up in a conversation between two colleagues.
To protect the room with a password, the moderator has the possibility to assign a password after the room has started. To do so, he or she must enter a password in the security settings (the shield symbol in the lower right corner).
Each participant will then be asked for this password and can only enter when it is correct.
This password will only be saved for this active conference. When all participants have left the room the password will be reset and the moderator has to enter it again the next time the room is opened. Combined with the other features – you couldn’t be any safer!

5. Complexity warning

Another great feature that you can implement into your Jitsi Instance is the complexity of your room name. How many times have you had mysterious visitors appear in the middle of your meeting? Sometimes when a meeting room has been created, it is common that names like “test” and “room3” would be used and the problem here is, that these names are easy to guess. If you are holding an important meeting that you only want to discuss with select people, then you want to avoid the possibility of unwanted people joining your meeting.

By activating the complexity of the room name, a warning will be shown that the name is too short and easy to be guessed. Although it doesn’t completely stop the use of short-named rooms, it definitely makes the user think twice before opening a room with an easy name that someone could mistakenly enter.

6. Deleting the data

We delete all of the data gathered in the conference rooms every night. Chats, Etherpad edits – everything. You just keep what is stored in the cookies on your side (moderator password for example)

 

So is it safe to use NWS Jitsi for your company meetings, your classroom or for private use? We think YES. We do what ever we can to secure your meetings and your data. Compared to others, we think we are miles ahead regarding safety and security. Join us now and use Jitsi 3 months for free with the coupon code “StayAtHome”

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Marius Gebert
Marius Gebert
Systems Engineer

Marius ist seit 2013 bei NETWAYS. Er hat 2016 seine Ausbildung zum Fachinformatiker für Systemintegration absolviert und ist nun im Web Services Team tätig. Hier kümmert er sich mit seinen Kollegen um die NWS Plattform und alles was hiermit zusammen hängt. 2017 hat Marius die Prüfung zum Ausbilder abgelegt und kümmert sich in seiner Abteilung um die Ausbildung unserer jungen Kollegen. Seine Freizeit verbringt Marius gerne an der frischen Luft und ist für jeden Spaß zu...
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