First of all. I do not hate Zoom. I may still be a little tired from having to (professionally) deal with their major Mac Client vulnerability in 2019. They are a company that makes a product that a newly huge user base is suddenly dependent upon. I do not envy them.
However, their products still have security issues and the company does not have a good track record of responding to security issues with their products (my opinion).
So WELCOME folks, to my latest attempt to help during these crazy times.
Also, don’t read further until you’ve watched the entire video. Because Aretha deserves that time.
Done? Good. Thanks.
Here’s the latest iteration of my exploration of video conferencing solutions…..
This is a video chat system running a instance of Jitsi – “…all our tools are 100% free, open source, and WebRTC compatible.” My limited review of this product, in combination with my professional training and experience in evaluating IT security solutions, has been a positive experience.
Jitsi is simple to use, employs and enforces good basic security principles, has an active community of builders and maintainers (devs), and is relatively inexpensive to run as a service (your mileage may vary).
I setup https://sejm.chat in my Amazon Web Services (AWS) test account. Utilizing Debian as the base operating system, I was able to have an instance of Jitsi up and running within about 40 minutes. This system included full TLS end to end encryption. It was successfully tested with the following client (end user) platforms –
- Chrome on Linux, Windows
- Android Jitsi app
- Firefox on Windows, Linux
- iOS Jitsi app
Doing these initial tests cost me nothing but my time.
Now, I know this isn’t all the platforms that people will need to use. I know my testing methodology is sparse and faulty. I have not tested for scale.
This brings me to the ask (wow, I buried this WAY to far down) –
Help me test this. Please.
If you have a group that would like to hold a group chat, let me know. Want to talk to a couple of old friends? Let me help.
Right now, I’ve spent $13 USD to reserve the sejm.chat domain and $20 to setup a server that I have direct control over. That is the entire sum of my costs.
I hope this message finds all of you well.
Stay safe, stay HOME, and take care of each other.