Pryvate™ Encrypted Video Calls

Pryvate™ Encrypted Video Calls

Video Encryption

Video calls and video conferences used to be something you saw in science-fiction films. Now flexitime, home working and the need to coordinate global teams have made them an ordinary part of our working day, just as Facetime and other apps have made them part of our social and family lives. But as we make more use of this option, so we increasingly expose ourselves to being hacked or monitored.

It’s time to consider a more secure solution for your online technology, and using Pryvate™ to encrypt your video calls gives you confidence that they are not being shared with anyone you can’t see.

What is Video Encryption?

Video encryption takes video data and makes it unreadable to everyone except the intended recipient, as long as they have the correct key to decipher the data and view it in its intended format.

There are two types of video encryption: personal and Digital Rights Management (DRM). Personal encryption refers to someone who wants to share a personal video with clients, family or friends, and doesn’t want unauthorised person to see it. DRM is the same thing, expect that it is more complex and can often include:

  • Different types of video streams for different price brackets
  • Region-specific videos
  • Media or device-specific videos
  • Software-specific videos
  • Adaptive streaming

Secure Video Encryption and Privacy

The Pryvate™ app is the first kind of encryption. It uses a protocol called ZRTP to negotiate a key between two VoIP end points, which ensures that your video call will be secure. The app can be used on Android (2.2 or higher) and Apple (iOS 6.0 or later) to negotiate the encryption key, which is therefore never known to Pryvate, or anyone else.

As with voice calls, a new key is generated every time a connection is made, which further protects the security and the integrity of the data. This means that if an encryption key from a previous call were to be discovered, subsequent calls would not be compromised.

Video Encryption Interoperability Standards

Video codec specifications include VP8 (WebM), H263, H263-1998, MPEG-4, Theora and H264 (thanks to a plug-in based on x264), with resolutions from QCIF (176 × 144) to SVGA (800 × 600), provided that network bandwidth and CPU power are sufficient for use with Pryvate.

Automatic Discovery of Pryvate Contacts

To make using Pryvate easier and to allow you to take advantage of fully-secure video calls, you will receive an auto-notification when your contacts become Pryvate users. You will be able to see when your Pryvate contacts are available and their contact details will automatically populate your Pryvate address book.

Whether you are looking for assurance that your personal video calls cannot be hijacked, or your business needs military-grade encryption for video calls, Pryvate encryption will give you the confidence that your communications are secure.

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