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What the heck is AES? And how does it keep my videos secure?

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What is AES?

vzaar has recently introduced AES adaptive streaming. AES stands for Advanced Encryption Standard and, as the name suggests, it add an encryption layer to your video content. It means that nobody can watch your videos without a token to decrypt the content. Anyone attempting to intercept the video between the server will just get junk data. If anyone tries to download the content without the encryption key the videos simply won’t play. Their viewers won’t be able to see anything.

AES is essential if you want to keep  your videos secure in Flash. The Flash-specific RTMPe encryption technology is being retired. AES replaces it AND not only that, it will also keep your videos secure in HTML5 (mobile devices).

vzaar uses auto-detection to identify whether a viewer has Flash available. If they do, we make the richer feature set of Flash available to them. However, like most other video player developers, we are concentrating our new developments on HTML5.

AES brings the high security of Flash to HTML5. So whether your viewers are watching from desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet your videos are streamed securely.  

We anticipate a cross-over point in the not-too-distant future when HTML5 will overtake Flash and we will serve H5 as the default. But, we do intend to support Flash for the foreseeable future, many older browsers still rely on Flash so it’s important to make sure our clients’ videos will still play for these viewers.

How does AES Work?

An encryption key is set up when we encode your video. This key is required to decrypt your content so that the viewer can watch said video. When the viewer clicks the play button their browser makes a request to the video server (vzaar). At which point we generate an access token which is valid for a short period of time. Hey presto! The viewer can watch the video, but anybody trying to intercept between the browser and the video server, can’t (because they don’t have the access token).

Who Needs AES?

If you need to protect your valuable video content from being viewed – or stolen – by unauthorized people, AES is for you. For example, if you have private internal content or if you sell video courses online it is essential that your videos remain exclusive.  Videos should remain for subscribers or your internal team only.

AES works in combination with password protection and signed keys to keep your videos as secure as possible. It’s a great addition to the rest of vzaar’s video security features.

It’s time to protect your assets! Download your Ultimate Guide To Secure Video and get started today!