Is Vimeo Safe?

Is Vimeo Safe?

Vimeo is, hands down, one of the most popular video streaming platforms on the planet. With over 175 million registered members in over 150 countries, the platform lets you upload, host, and share content with customers, clients, and co-workers.

But is Vimeo safe for video hosting? And if so, how safe?

These are legitimate questions, especially if you're considering the platform for corporate communications. Just think about the data you might share with the company. Where does all that data go? What does Vimeo do with it? Is there the risk of a data breach?

In this article we will answer these questions and help you determine if a Vimeo alternative could provide you with the security you deserve.

Why Should You Care About Online Security?

You need a streaming platform to host video content, but that raises all kinds of security issues. With data breaches on the rise, you need a video platform you can trust — one that keeps data secure and prevents hackers from infiltrating your content. Otherwise, anyone can access the information you share in videos, such as sales figures, tax details, customer profile information, and other business-critical data. A data breach on a streaming platform could destroy your reputation and cost thousands of dollars to resolve.

Did you know... Sixty percent of companies go bust within six months of a cyber attack.

You should also care about video security because of the penalties imposed by government agencies for breaching data governance legislation. Your obligations under the GDPR (European Union), CCPA (California, USA), HIPAA (USA), and the Privacy Act (Australia) apply to information shared via video communications as well.

What Is Vimeo?

Vimeo is a video streaming website that lets you upload and share videos. You can use the platform for the following external or internal communications including:

  • Explainer videos
  • How-to guides
  • Training videos
  • Onboarding content
  • Townhall meetings
  • C-suite addresses
  • Presentations
  • Webinars
  • Virtual trade shows

There is a free version of Vimeo available to everyone. However, most businesses upgrade to a premium tier, which comes with additional customization and security features, such as the ability to privatize your videos.

Related Reading: Vimeo vs. YouTube: What's the Right Choice for Your Business?

What Vimeo Says About Security

Vimeo has a broad range of security features that protect your videos from online threats such as data breaches and cyber attacks. "Vimeo engineers work hard to ensure that our site and users are 100% safe and sound," says the company on its website.

Here are some security features available to Vimeo users.

Video Privacy Settings

Decide who sees your content by setting videos to a specific privacy setting. Vimeo has several privacy options:

  • Public: Anyone can watch your content.
  • Only me: Only you and team members can view content.
  • Password: Password-protect videos for additional privacy.

Private Live Videos

Decide who sees your live content by setting videos to a specific privacy setting.

Domain-Level Privacy

Decide which websites can embed your videos.

Single Sign-On (SSO)

An authentication method that requires users to verify their identities before they can watch content.

System for Cross-Domain Identity Management (SCIM)

An authentication method that manages user identities.

Data Sharing

Vimeo says it will never share your data with third parties.

Related Reading: Brightcove vs. Vimeo vs. Viostream

Is Vimeo Safe?

Despite the security capabilities listed above, Vimeo lacks some critical features available on other video streaming platforms. These features include:

  • IP restrictions: You can't block users in specific countries or regions from viewing content. However, Vimeo might block certain regions from accessing all content on its platform if it suspects there's a security risk.
  • ISO 27001: Vimeo doesn't have a certification for ISO 27001, one of the world's most important information security standards.

In 2019, a lawsuit claimed Vimeo collected and stored users' biometric information without their consent. In 2020, the company filed an appeal after a judge agreed the lawsuit could move forward. That said, there have been no published accounts of large-scale data breaches at Vimeo, and the company has a good security reputation.

In the end, the level of security you receive on Vimeo depends on how much you are willing pay. Features like SSO, SCIM, and private live videos, for example, are only available on the Enterprise tier, Vimeo's most expensive pricing plan. If you are a on the platform's free, Plus, Pro, Business, or Premium tiers, you won't get the same level of security as Enterprise users. Vimeo doesn't publish the price of its Enterprise plan on its website, so it's unclear how much this additional security even costs.

Why Choose Viostream?

Viostream provides businesses like yours with unparalleled security so you can protect sensitive data and improve compliance:

  • Domain whitelisting
  • IP restrictions
  • Single sign-on authentication (SSO)
  • Geo-blocking
  • User roles
  • Sub-accounts
  • Password policies

Click here for a full list of Viostream security features.

Viostream has provided organizations with enterprise-level security since 2002 and boasts privacy and data compliance features that improve communication and collaboration. To discuss your company's security needs for your video content, contact our support team for further information.

Stuart Auld
Stuart Auld
Stuart Auld (Head of Infrastructure) is a multi-disciplinary engineer with broad-ranging experience at executive level delivering operational best practice across customer engagement, technology, change management and process improvement.
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