Top Free and Secure video collaboration/conferencing apps for 2021

Top Free and Secure video collaboration/conferencing apps for 2021

xroom.app is a young company that has recently thrust itself into the video conferencing industry in 2020. It continuously pushes for discovering innovative ideas to enhance simplicity and ease-of-use while promising to respect privacy and security. Free users are welcome to use xroom.app without signing up for an account and always have access to peer-2-peer calls and end-to-end encryption via the xroom.app homepage. Free users are not limited in terms of the meeting time or size nor are required to install anything at all or sign in. Lastly, the xroom.app platform works on any modern computer or mobile browser without installing any programs.

By setting up a free account with xroom.app at https://my.xroom.app users will be able to reserve rooms, make bookings and reserve rooms via the https://go.xroom.app landing page and have access to various other add-on's that enrich the experience of truly personalizing and controlling one's virtual meeting space. Only an email is required to sign up and all payment details are handled via a secure payment provider named Stripe.

We realize we're not the only players in this space and as such would love to share our findings and opinions on what others are doing and how they compare. So what other secure video conferencing software exists? We hope the following reviews will help you improve your remote-collaborations during this period where remote-work and working-from-home have become the norm.

Signal

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1. Signal is well known for being a validated, audited and secure open-source solution for sending messages. Even touting reviews from individuals like Edward Snowden and Jack Dorsey. Signal provides a full-featured collaboration solution, works on most platforms and lets you share all messages, photos, videos, files and chat using video with up to 5 individuals at once. It also supports group chats, though this doesn’t extend to larger-scale video collaboration as this is limited to 5 participants.

  • Pros – It’s free, secure and has many users joining it - especially after recent WhatsApp and Facebook controversies.

  • Cons – Relies on a centralized server that shares and saves your information. Requires you to install the app. Requires a validated phone number. Group calls are limited to 5 participants. This is not a tool optimized for remote-collaboration but is great for communication.

How it compares to xroom.app:

  • We provide an agnostic conferencing platform that works in any modern-day-browser without the need to provide any information as a free user. Users can completely customize and white-label their space to only brand themselves. Paid users are only asked to provide an email and check out securely via Stripe. Additionally, no centralized servers are not used for audio/video/file/text transmission and no data is saved. We do not limit the time users can spend in a room, nor how many rooms can be created. It is possible to build plugins and enhance xroom.app if added functionality is needed.

Jitsi

Learn more about Jitsi, a free open-source video conferencing software for web & mobile. Make a call, launch on your own servers, integrate into your app, and more.

2. Jitsi is an open-source video collaboration solution for self-hosted systems. It is mainly used by engineers and developers and is more like the Lego of the video conferencing world. It offers a lot of possibilities, but you have to build it yourself. It is also possible to create a direct online meeting via https://meet.jit.si/. Additionally, they offer a premium paid service called Jitsi as a Service at https://jaas.8x8.vc/ which is for those that prefer to build the services into their solutions by using 8x8’s offerings. The great thing about the Jitsi system is its main solution price (it's free) which includes a high level of security and end-to-end security.

  • Pros – Jitsi is available via mobile app and browser and can be self-hosted. It is highly configurable and modifiable and you can use its code for free. They also provide tools to get devs started even quicker by paying for Jitsi-as-a-service.

  • Cons – Jitsi is not a solution for companies without a development team. The web-based online-only version has received negative feedback about stability, reliability and ease-of-use.

How it compares to xroom.app:

  • We provide tools that require no development or coding knowledge. Our tools are easy-to-use and meant for individuals without development or tech skills. Additionally, we provide a landing page and the ability to white-label your secure and private space without requiring centralized servers for audio/video/file/text transmission. It is possible to build plugins and enhance xroom.app if added functionality is needed. Additionally, API and webhooks are included.

FaceTime

Use FaceTime with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Learn how to use FaceTime to make video and audio calls from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

3. Recently Apple has become one of the largest companies in the world that are focusing on privacy. They have also begun to create tools and settings that help individuals to control what information and tracking are carried out by third-parties on Apple devices. Therefore, if you have your own Apple device, FaceTime is likely a great choice. Apple’s FaceTime app provides end-to-end encryption for both audio and video and is one of the easiest solutions to use as it provides basic video meeting functionality. Additionally, you can now meet with up to 32 other participants at once.

  • Pros – Apple provides a secure solution for video calls which supports up to 32 participants. It does not cost anything and is easy-to-use.

  • Cons – It only works for individuals owning Apple products that run on iOS or macOS. You can only share your screen on FaceTime via the Messages app that also comes pre-installed on Mac. All transmission is done via Apple servers. It is a fairly ineffective choice most of the time for business use as it's not a cross-platform solution.

How it compares to xroom.app:

  • Our conferencing platform is meant to facilitate communication without requiring servers for audio/video/file/text transmission. It is completely platform agnostic and has no time or size limitations. Meet whenever via any browser or device. We do not ask for nor store personal information and calls or transmissions cannot be connected to individuals. Send your link to your colleague or customer and they can join you directly without sharing any personal details.

Wire

Wire is actively leading the work on extending its security standards to become the norm for protecting organizations' digital assets. Messaging Layer Security (MLS) is a new protocol designed to firm up the security of enterprise messaging platforms by employing end-to-end encryption within group communication.

4. Wire is an open-source solution that offers a collaboration suite featuring messenger, voice, video, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration for organizations – all protected by end-to-end-encryption.

  • Pros – Wire provides a secure solution, that has been externally audited, for video calls along with a suite that allows your organization to collaborate and work with one another. It works across Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and via browsers.

  • Cons – It is mainly meant for internal communication and does not help facilitate external communication to customers. All communication and data is stored on centralized servers and is not peer-2-peer. Wire’s services charge per user and it is not possible to use the video chat functionality without paying.

How it compares to xroom.app:

  • Our conferencing platform is meant to facilitate communication without requiring servers for audio/video/file/text transmission and allows individuals to personalize and completely white-label their space. It is meant for both internal and external communications without the need to rely on apps or installs. Our services charge per space and do not focus on charging per user. Additionally, we do not store any personal information nor require logins.

Zoom

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms.

5. Zoom has become the de-facto video calling app in the past year. Zoom provides an app-based service for group video calls and allows users to have 40-minute calls with up to 100 participants. It includes a handful of features like screen sharing, local recording, breakout rooms and camera filters. Unfortunately, it's far from perfect as Zoom’s privacy policy is considered suspect by many and alludes to collecting erroneous data for reselling purposes.

How it compares to xroom.app:

  • By default all our calls have encryption turned on by default and includes all data and text communications. This requires no extra work to turn on. Our conferencing platform is meant to facilitate communication without requiring servers for audio/video/file/text transmission and allows individuals to personalize and white-label their space. We believe users should be able to market and brand themselves only – with just a few clicks rather than marketing for other companies. It is meant for both internal and external communications without the need to rely on apps or installs. Our services are meant for 1:1’s and work great for groups that are between 1-10. Additionally, our calls are not limited in length and you can create an infinite amount of rooms using a space.

Skype & Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the hub for team collaboration in Microsoft 365 that integrates the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective.

6. Skype is a free video-conferencing tool provided as part of the consumer-grade collaboration suite from Microsoft. Skype handles up to 50 people in a video conference. When requiring enterprise-grade services their Microsoft Teams combines instant messaging, video conferencing, calling, and document collaboration into a single, integrated app. Microsoft Teams is packaged together with an Office365 license. It is touted as a secure solution that supports 2FA security, data encryption and meets dozens of national, regional and industry-specific security/privacy compliance regulations.

How it compares to xroom.app:

  • Our conferencing platform is meant to facilitate communication without requiring servers for audio/video/file/text transmission and allows individuals to personalize their space. It allows customers to white-label their space and aims to provide peer-2-peer services that are reliable and safe. It is meant for both internal and external communications without the need to rely on apps or installs. Our services are meant for 1:1’s and work great for groups that are between 1-10. We do not store any personal information and we strive for not asking or collecting information that can be connected back to the user's personal or private conversations or accounts.

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