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Jitsi Meet

Review Date 04/23/2020

Jitsi Meet is a free, open-source, video call app that doesn't require you to create an account to use it. The privacy conscious folks at the Tor Project recently recommended Jitsi Meet as a good alternative to Zoom. Jitsi Meet works on desktop, Android and iOS devices, has pretty high-quality video and audio, allows for password protected video calls, and has no limit on participants (although your internet bandwidth might set your limits for you). And for those more techie folks out there, because Jitsi Meet is open-source, people with the interest and ability can install and run their own version of Jitsi Meet on their own servers. (Note: The review below is for the public version of Jitsi Meet. People who install and run their own versions of Jitsi Meet might not meet all these criteria).

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Overall Security Rating
5/5 star
Encryption
Yes
Jitsi uses encryption, although it is unable at this time to use end-to-end encryption.
Security updates
Yes
Jitsi sends updates to its mobile app 6-10 times a year.
Strong password
Yes
Video meetings can be password protected
Manages vulnerabilities
Yes
Jitsi doesn't have an official bug bounty program, but there is a way for people to report security vulnerabilities.
Privacy policy
Yes
https://jitsi.org/meet-jit-si-privacy/

What is required to sign up?

Jitsi does not require any sign up to join or host a meeting

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
According to Jitsi, any information users choose to enter, such as names or email addresses is purely optional and is only shared with other meeting participants. Jitsi does not retain any personal information after the meeting. Other pieces of data such as the chat or speaker stats are stored for the duration of the meeting and then destroyed when it ends. Jitsi's privacy policy states they "are not in the business of selling personal information to third parties."
How are your recordings handled?
From Jitsi: "Meetings can be recorded on Jitsi. Jitsi integrates with YouTube so users can even start live streams. They are saved in its servers until Jitsi uploads to whatever place the host selected (mainly Dropbox). If the host does not select where they want a recording saved within 24 hours, Jitsi deletes them forever."
Alerts when calls are being recorded?
Yes
Jitsi alerts meeting attendees when a call is being recorded.
Does the platform say it is compliant with US medical privacy laws?
Unknown
Jitsi has not gone through a formal audit to confirm HIPAA compliance

Can I control it?

Host controls
Jitsi allows hosts to auto-view the active speaker or click on any attendee to see their video, lock a room with a password, mute all participants (or all but one) at once, screen sharing, streaming a conference to YouTube live, raise or lower your hand for attention, push-to-talk mode, play a YouTube video to all attendees call, and has an audio-only option.
Is it easy to learn and use the features?
Yes
We say yes to this when really the answer should be kinda. We had a hard time finding easy to use instructions and tutorials. But Jitsi does have a community set up where you can go and ask questions and a blog where you can find some tutorials. Jitisi seems to lean more toward developers than average users at times with their documentation, so you might have to dig a little to find what you're looking for.
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What could happen if something went wrong

Jitsi Meet and the open-source community behind it appear to value and prioritize privacy and security as part of their mission in making this product. As with all things on the internet, it's good to be careful. Some internet security experts caution using Jitsi Meet because it doesn't yet provide end-to-end encryption. And you don't want to accidentally livestream that drunken hangout with your friends where you all end up playing strip poker publicly. Do you?

Updates

Maybe we shouldn’t use Zoom after all
TechCrunch
Now that we’re all stuck at home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, video calls have gone from a novelty to a necessity. Zoom, the popular videoconferencing service, seems to be doing better than most and has quickly become one of, if not the most, popular option going. But should it be?
Forget Zoom: Use these private video-chatting tools, instead
Mashable
Here are three Zoom alternatives to consider for video conferencing and online meetings.
Tor Project Supports Jitsi Meet
Tor Project
If you want an alternative to Zoom: try Jitsi Meet. It's encrypted, open source, and you don't need an account.
The best alternatives to Zoom for videoconferencing
The Verge
If recent news has made you Zoom-hesitant, there are other apps available

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