Are my 8x8 Video Meetings encrypted? And is that encryption end-to-end?
- 8x8 Video Meetings
- 8x8 Standalone Meetings
8x8 meetings in general operate in 2 ways: peer-to-peer (P2P) or via the Jitsi Videobridge (JVB). This is transparent to the user. P2P mode is only used for 1-to-1 meetings. In this case, audio and video are encrypted using DTLS-SRTP all the way from the sender to the receiver, even if they traverse network components like TURN servers.
In the case of multiparty meetings all audio and video traffic is still encrypted on the network (again, using DTLS-SRTP). This outer layer of DTLS-SRTP encryption is removed while packets are traversing Jitsi Videobridge; however they are never stored to any persistent storage and only live in memory while being routed to other participants in the meeting.
It is very important to note that when packets are also end-to-end encrypted, this second layer of encryption is never removed (nor can it be)
You can now turn on end-to-end encryption (e2ee) as long as you are using 8x8 Meetings on a browser with support for insertable streams. Currently, this means any browser based on Chromium 83 and above, including Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Brave, and Opera. You may also use our Electron client, which supports e2ee out of the box.
All you need to do is select the End-to-end Encryption option in the overflow menu and then make sure that all participants fill in the same password or phrase in the Key field.
You can learn more about our e2ee support at: https://jitsi.org/e2ee
Note: Since Jitsi is built on top of WebRTC, a deeper look into its security architecture is very important when evaluating Jitsi’s security aspects.
To learn much more about security and privacy over 8x8's Jitsi platform, click here.