vzaar Secure

Background

For the last few years, the de-facto industry standard for web video was  Adobe Flash. Flash was widely embraced and was installed on a huge percentage of desktop and laptop computers. Flash video supported an encrypted delivery method called RTMPe which made it possible to secure video content to help prevent unauthorized downloading.

With the explosion in popularity of mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and such, the main software platforms for mobile devices (Apple iOS and Google Android) chose to no longer support Flash, instead, focusing efforts for rich multimedia on  HTML5. Initially, there was no standardized security mechanism for HTML5 video like RTMPe for Flash video so HTML5 video has been less secure than Flash video.

Encryption

The core component of the new 'vzaar Secure' delivery is encrypted video streaming. Simply put, the video data that we send from our servers to your embedded players is encrypted so that, even if somebody were able to somehow get their hands on the stream between the server and player, it wouldn't be of any use because they'd be unable, practically speaking, to decrypt the data and get their hands on your video content.

It's important to stress that our implementation is all server-level - not browser-level - authentication so that makes it impossible for anybody who goes poking in your page sources to see how it works and somehow circumvent it.

The encryption standard we use is called AES - which stands for 'Advanced Encryption Standard' - and is a widely-embraced standard used all over the world. It's been adopted by the US Government and is approved for use by the NSA for securing 'top secret' data. In short - it's very secure. If you are interested to read the standard itself, it's here:  FIPS 197, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

vzaar Secure

You can enable secure video delivery in your " Delivery & Embed" settings at: http://app.vzaar.com/settings/delivery

Just make sure that " Secure Delivery" is checked and we'll do the rest:

Now, when you  embed the vzaar player using the iframe we provide, your video content will be delivered securely. Secure delivery is supported across platforms and devices including Windows, Mac OSX, iOS and Android.

Supported browsers

The following browsers currently support AES so please ensure that your browser is up to date:

  • Chrome for Android 34+
  • Chrome for Desktop 34+
  • Firefox for Android 41+
  • Firefox for Desktop 42+
  • IE11+ for Windows 8.1+
  • Edge for Windows 10+
  • Opera for Desktop
  • Vivaldi for Desktop
  • Safari for Mac 8+ (beta)
  • Safari for iOS 8+

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