Password Protected Live Streaming: What You Need to Know in 2022
For most professional broadcasters, privacy and security are an absolute priority. Whether you want to keep internal videos out of the public eye or prevent your live streams from being hacked by online predators, there are tools for keeping your content and information safe.
Protecting your live stream with a password is one of the most simple yet effective strategies available for keeping your video content in front of your target audience, only your target audience.
In this article, we’ll teach you how to set up password-protected live streaming on Dacast in just a few simple steps. Before we dive into the tutorial, we’re going to take a closer look at why password-protected streaming is so important, for both broadcasters and viewers.
After the tutorial, we’ll wrap things up by talking a bit about how video monetization and password protection relate to one another. We will also quickly go through some alternative video privacy and security features.
Table of Contents
- What is Password-Protected Streaming?
- Uses of a Password-Protected Live Stream
- How Do I Password-Protect My Event?
- How to Add a Password to Videos on Dacast
- The Best Way to Password-Protect a Live Event
- How to Choose a Password
- Where to Embed Live Streams
- How to Manage Passwords
- Video Monetization vs. Password Protection
- Other Common Video Privacy and Security Measures
- The Importance of Video Security in 2022
- Complementing Password Protection with Other Features
What is Password Protected Streaming?
Simply put, password protection places video content behind a prompt that requires a password to access the content. With password-protected live streaming, the viewer has to have a valid login provided by the content owner.
With the Dacast online video platform, this password is generated by broadcasters themselves. That way, you can create your own. Since you’re generating this password on your own, it is important to keep a record of the credentials in a secure place.
Uses of a Password Protected Live Stream
There are a variety of reasons why you might choose to use password-protected streaming.
Password protection can be crucial in business and other professional contexts, especially since the business industry has increased its video usage at an annual rate of 50% in recent years.
Given this trend, training material and sales messages must remain secure and accessible only by qualified or approved people.
There is also a great need for protecting live streams with a password in the online education and medical fields. Chances are that you broadcast sensitive material for internal viewing alongside your public material. If that’s the case, password-protected video streaming might be the way to go.
Password protection is also great for hosting live and hybrid events. Whether you are hosting a webinar or streaming a concert, a password offers another layer of protection to ward off people who are not on your list for virtual event admission.
Password-protected live streaming via your Dacast account can greatly increase the security of your content. Here at Dacast, we are committed to offering high-level security options to our broadcasters.
Let’s take a closer look at how this feature works with your Dacast account.
How Do I Password-Protect My Event?
In order to password protect your live event, you’ll need to invest in a live streaming service with password protection capabilities. Free services, like DailyMotion and YouTube, don’t have these tools.
Most professional video hosting platforms have some sort of privacy and security tools, but if you want to password protect your event, make sure you choose a platform with that offering specifically.
Dacast offers password-protected hosting with all plans. Livestream, Vidyard, Brightcove, and other streaming solutions also support password-protected live streaming but not necessarily on all of their plans.
The specific steps for creating a password-protected broadcast vary from platform to platform.
How to Add a Password to Videos on Dacast
As we mentioned, Dacast is one of the live streaming services that have the tools to password protect both live video content and on-demand content.
To get started, sign in to your Dacast account. From there, navigate to the “Publish Settings” tab on the video of your choice:
When turned “On,” a field populates that enables you to enter a password. This is the password your viewers will enter to access your video content:
Please make sure that you click the “Save” button in the lower-left corner when you finish this step.
You can password protect your playlists in the same way as you do with an individual live channel or video. To do so, choose a playlist and go to the “Publish Settings” tab just as you would for an individual piece of content. Turn password protection “On,” and enter a password when prompted.
Once you enter the password, the viewer gains access to the playlist. They can then watch whatever content is currently playing.
Please note that this feature does not currently work for packages, unfortunately. If you add content to a package that has a password enabled, the package will ignore the password and allow the content to play.
You can also disable password protection at any time by toggling the feature from “On” to “Off.”
The Best Way to Password-Protect a Live Event
There are a few things to keep in mind in order to get the most out of password-protected live streaming. It’s important to understand where to embed your password-protected streams, how to manage passwords, and even how to choose a password for your live stream.
Let’s quickly break down these elements.
How to Choose a Password for Your Live Event
You choose and use passwords every day for your various accounts and subscriptions intending to keep others out. However, when your live event stream is password-protected, it is a little bit different because the goal is not to keep everybody out.
The first thing to keep in mind as you choose your password is that it should not be similar to any login credentials you use for other sites. Don’t include any personal or internal information because this password will be shared with your audience.
How simple you make the password will depend on the sensitivity of the content. If it’s an event with 10,000 people and you’re just trying to keep out people who haven’t paid, you’ll want to stay on the more basic side. A one-word password without any tricky capitalizations or numbers will suffice. This helps avoid confusion at the start of the event.
However, if you’re sharing a video with sensitive content that is only meant to reach a select group of people, you may want to make the password a bit more complex with a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
Where to Embed Password Protected Streams
With Dacast, you can stream live video on your website by embedding password-protected videos using either the video.JS or iframe embed code.
You can find these codes in “Publish Settings” on any piece of content. Navigate to the “Embedded Player Codes,” and choose the one you want to use. You can embed the player in as many locations as desired, including your app, website, or social media platforms. From there, password protection will carry over.
You can also privately share videos via password-protected live streaming and on-demand content via Twitter. Viewers can then click the tweet for an expanded view. At this point, they need to enter a password before gaining access to your content.
Please note, right now password protected streams do not work on Facebook. We are working to add this as a feature. However, right now we have no current projection for when it might be available.
How to Manage Passwords
Have you Googled your video and the password and found it posted on a forum? Password sharing has been a problem since broadband internet made it easy to distribute these openly.
If this happens with your content, you can log into your Dacast account and replace the old password with a new one. This will re-secure the content and kick out any unqualified viewers on your password-protected live stream and on-demand content.
You can do this in the same way that you created the initial password under the “Publish Settings” on your content.
Video Monetization vs. Password Protection
When you’re streaming on Dacast, you cannot enable the password protection function on monetized videos.
Rather than protecting your monetized video with a password, you’ll typically keep it safe behind a video paywall. Technically, the viewer will have to enter a password to view the stream after they’ve paid for access, but this will be their own login credentials rather than a password that you create as a broadcaster.
The paywall is used for both subscription and pay-per-view streaming. However, ad-based video monetization doesn’t use the paywall.
Other Common Video Privacy and Security Measures
When it comes to broadcasting live video streams, the greatest security risk entails a third party who records and redistributes your content without your permission. The same goes for on-demand video content.
These days, many live streaming platforms strive to prevent just this through heightened security on their streaming content. This security ranges from the complex to the mundane, given that content is both streamed and accessed via progressive download methods.
Password-protected streaming is simply the first line of defense between your video and viewers without clearance. Dacast offers quite a few privacy and security measures.
Some of these features include:
- AES Encryption
- Domain and Geo-Restrictions
- HTTPS video delivery
- Dynamic Token Security
- Live stream monitoring
- SSL/TLS Encrypted Paywall for Payments Security
Using these measures will keep your video content safe and sensitive information out of the wrong hands.
The Importance of Video Security in 2022
Now that remote work has become so common, the use of live streaming for business purposes has grown significantly. The majority of meetings in the past took place within a physical building, but now it’s so common for meetings to take place over the internet through video.
People with bad intentions, like competitors and cyber criminals, are very aware and excited about the opportunities that the new normal brings.
There’s a lot of money to be made from getting access to the live streams of specific organizations. People with bad intentions are especially excited about streams where sensitive information is discussed, such as when organizations discuss business strategy, upcoming initiatives, unreleased products and apps, and more. And now that most organizations communicate with partners, vendors, and stakeholders via videos, there is no shortage of targets for criminals.
The Problem of Video Piracy in 2022
When thinking about the importance of video protection and security, another aspect to consider is video piracy, which is the use and distribution of content without permission. With the increased use of online videos for business and profit comes a copyright infringement nightmare for video creators.
The top video piracy sites get upwards of 216.8 million monthly unique visitors. According to a report, online piracy costs the entertainment industry around $30 billion dollars in profits each year. The illegal use and distribution of content has been a major problem for video makers and audio only streamers like artists for decades because there’s a lot of money to be made from it.
The UFC and Video Piracy Example
Many live streams are able to be sold at a premium value because they are exclusive. One of the best examples to illustrate this is pay per view fighting matches. If you’re into sports, think of the big McGregor vs. Khabib fights.
Because these exclusive events come with premium prices, more and more viewers are unfortunately tempted to look for alternatives. Last year, the UFC lost a lot of money from people streaming their big flights without permission. In fact, according to the same report, the UFC alone loses about $30 million in profits annually.
In other words, if the stream can be easily shared with those who haven’t bought access, there’s a lot of money to be lost.
Complementing Password Protection with Other Features
Right now, there are no ways to 100% ensure video privacy and security. But, there are a ton of ways to drastically reduce the possibility and make yourself a harder target for those with bad intentions.
Nowadays, it’s gotten easier to steal and distribute content without permission using so many different pieces of readily available software on the internet. This is especially true for videos that are live streamed on free platforms like YouTube.
Put another way, if you really want to protect your streams to maximize profits and protect sensitive information, then you should definitely consider professional streaming platforms. These platforms generally offer a lot of features to protect your videos. In addition to using professional platforms, it’s also super important to learn about all the security features available to you today because not every professional platform offers the same features.
Adding password protection to your streams is a great way to start, but your attempts at video privacy and security should not end there. Consider password protection a first line of defense against users who aren’t authorized to access your live streams. Now let’s dive a bit deeper into the other security features available to you in 2022, and how you can use them to complement password protection.
AES video encryption makes sure that your video content isn’t accessed in the wrong locations, or by people who shouldn’t have access to it. It does this by only allowing those who are accessing the right website to see the specific video correctly.
If the video is accessed in the wrong place, all they’ll be able to see is a useless string of characters. In other words, unless a viewer or hacker has the proper encryption key, they won’t be able to watch or distribute the specific video.
AES Encryption is another security feature available on Dacast.
Domain and Geo-Restrictions
Domain and geo-restrictions add another layer of protection against the illegal viewing and distribution of your videos.
Domain restrictions let you control where others can embed your video player. For example, if you’re familiar with Youtube, you know how easy it is to embed videos from the platform onto any website or social media page. This is not the case with professional platforms that offer a domain restrictions feature.
With a domain restrictions feature, you’re allowed to limit the sites where your video can be embedded. For example, you can choose to only white list pages within your own site. That way, the video player will not work when it’s embedded on any other website.
Geo-restrictions follow a similar concept, but instead of whitelisting or blacklisting domains, you can whitelist and blacklist physical locations like countries.
In addition to password protection, domain and geo-restrictions are also available in Dacast.
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Once your live streams are finished, you’ll probably want to save the video for future re-use and as on-demand content. DRM allows you to protect your on-demand content from screen recording and ripping (which is when someone grabs video chunks from the network).
In addition to AES encryption, paywalls, and password protection, DRM adds another layer against competitors and others who have bad intentions.
DRM is now available on Dacast as well.
Although watermarking doesn’t necessarily make it harder to steal or redistribute your live streams, it makes it easier to make sure you get some credit for your hard work. If you’re not familiar with the term watermarking, it’s when you embed something like a logo or company name on the graphics of the video. That way, if it’s shared without permission, at least your logo or company name will be shared as well.
Watermarking is getting more sophisticated and nowadays you can even watermark the audio. Also, a concept called forensic watermarking is making it easier to track down the source of where your live stream was initially unlawfully shared.
Password protection is an added security feature we highly recommend for your broadcasting. Password-protected live streaming is increasingly the way to go for broadcasters and viewers alike. At Dacast, we make this feature easy and accessible for all our broadcasters.
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