With the Corona crisis we’re all working from home. You can use the free, end to end encrypted, open source software from jitsi to make calls and video calls! (And you don’t have to work you can also video call your parents or grand parents 😉 ).
On this page:
There are many alternatives. If you use your phone you can securely call one-on-one with Signal. There is also Skype and Zoom. Jit.si has a couple of advantages:
Unfortunately, performance might be a bit less stable than Zoom (they are working on it!). So in practice, especially for big meetings you might still want to use Zoom. But remember! Zoom is made by a California (USA) based for profit company with centralized servers and known security flaws… Don’t forget to reserve the Zoom channel in the “Zoom channel reservation” agenda on the cloud so the Zoom channel is not double booked!
Enough for US states to start investigating Zoom for security and privacy issues. BUT IT IS OKAY! The boss of Zoom have said they are sorry.
You cybersurf to https://meet.jit.si/ (The fully supported browsers are listed here – at the moment of writing only Chrome & Chromium). Choose a meeting name in the box where the pink one points to. I have chosen the name “mysecretmeeting”. Then you press the GO button (the one the pink 2 points towards).
You are launched to the actual meeting room. Jitsi needs your camera and webcam.
Note, what this does is create a URL based on the name, in this case https://meet.jit.si/mysecretmeeting . Anyone with that URL can join the meeting!
Alternatively you can also create a meeting room by going to such a URL straight away, for example https://meet.jit.si/techmeeting works just the same.
Jitsi needs your camera and webcam. Then you might see something like this:
Once the meeting has started, you’ll see something like this:
Since jit.si is open source anyone can host their own jit.si server. Use a different server when you notice exceptionally bad quality. You can find a list of servers at the bottom of this page: https://vc4all.nl/ .
Another alternative that is (at the time of writing) not in the server list on vc4all is https://calls.disroot.org/
To use a different server simply replace the part of the URL that is “https://meet.jit.si/” part the part of the URL of the server. For example:
As you can see it is still quite easy to join/create a room. It also lists the previous rooms you have joined.
A (video) conference meeting is just one click away in Rocket Chat! You can easily start a meeting with your working group OR contact someone one on one.
At the top right corner of your screen you press the three vertical dots. You then click “Video Chat”. A screen will open for you to a meet.jit.si URL. Those who you are chatting with you will see a nice blue button they can press to join the meeting:
Though they are working to improve it, it might happen that Jitsi won’t work as well as intended. If one of the participants has a crappy internet connection the whole meeting might suffer. So make sure you have a good internet connection:
Some general advice to make everyone’s live in the conference call world a little better: