How Google is keeping people connected (securely)

4 years ago   •   2 min read

By Jason Harvey

Earlier this month, Google surpassed a new milestone, with more than 2 million new users connecting on Google Meet every day - that’s over 2 billion minutes together and the equivalent of more than 3,800 years of secure meetings in a single day! As more and more businesses rely on connecting an at-home workforce to maintain productivity, it’s reassuring to know that security is an integral part of Google Meet.

Google Meet benefits from Google Cloud’s defense-in-depth approach to security, which utilises the built-in protections and global-private network that Google uses to secure your information and safeguard your privacy. Google Meet’s security controls are turned on by default, so you won’t have to do a thing to ensure the right protections are in place.

Here are some of the key capabilities of Google Meet that help protect you:

True end-to-end encryption
In Google Meet, all data is encrypted in transit by default between the client and Google. For every person and for every meeting, Meet generates a unique encryption key, which only lives as long as the meeting, is never stored to disk, and is transmitted in an encrypted and secured RPC (remote procedure call) during the meeting setup.

No downloads or installations
On desktop, Google Meet works entirely in your browser. This means it does not require or ask for any plugins or software to be installed if you use Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. On mobile, we recommend that you install the Google Meet app.

No unexpected guests
By using codes that are 10 characters long, Google Meet makes it difficult for individuals to programmatically guess meeting IDs. External participants cannot join meetings unless they’re on the calendar invite or have been invited by in-domain participants. Any previously unauthorised user attempting to join an active meeting must be accepted by the meeting host.

Get Google Meet free

As a Google Cloud partner, we want to do our part to help everyone stay connected and productive. We’re offering free Google Meet with advanced features to new business and public sector customers through September 30, 2020.

These features include:

  • larger meetings of up to 250 participants per call
  • live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
  • and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive

Typically these features are only available in the Enterprise Edition of G Suite and G Suite Enterprise for Education.
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