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
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 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 breakdown 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 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
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, the 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 the 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 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:
- Domain and Geo-Restrictions
- HTTPS video delivery
- Dynamic Token Security
- Live stream monitoring
- Integrated Paywall for Payments Security
Using these measures will keep your video content safe and sensitive information out of the wrong hands.
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.
Interested in checking out Dacast’s streaming solutions for the first time? You can sign up below for our 30-day free trial to test out all the streaming features for yourself. No credit card required. We’d love to help you get started with your password-protected video streaming today.
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As always—thanks for reading, and good luck with your live streams!