What is End-to-End Encryption (E2EE)?

What is End-to-End Encryption (E2EE)?

Basically, end-to-end encryption is an implementation of asymmetric encryption. It protects data so it can only be read on the two ends: sender and recipient. This means that every single bit of data is transferred with a special key that scrambles data. That’s why encryption is an implementation of cryptography. Cryptography is the art of writing the code which is used to generate the codes that keep the information safely encrypted. Decrypting the encrypted data is impossible for third parties. Only the recipient with the corresponding key can unscramble the data. 11Sight uses end-to-end encryption on every platform to keep your data safe.

 

Data from applications are mostly stored in a server. If the messages are stored in the server of the application service provider, it’s possible to share them with third parties. If your messages are not encrypted when sending to the recipient, it’s more likely to be used by third parties.

The security of data depends on the company that owns the application.

 

Thanks to end-to-end encryption your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, status updates and calls are prevented to be used by malicious users. Encrypted data cannot be read by anyone, including the application’s owner. The key to open the scrambled data is only available at the sender and recipient. For extra security, every message sent has its very own code. It’s not possible to solve even if the server information is seized. Sometimes malicious users make false applications to capture information. It’s important to make sure that you are using the original application to ensure your data is being encrypted.

 

The two types of end-to-end encryption are symmetric and asymmetric. In asymmetric encryption the general key is mostly a string that is random, unique and single-use; and it can be used by everyone and every computer with the purpose of encrypting and sending to recipient. Symmetric encryption states the situation where only the ones who have the private key can solve the code. Besides, there’s only one key that is shared.

 

Every digital data can be stored, like e-mails, photos, credit card information and documents. The easy way to encrypt all data at once is to use a VPN connection and send sensitive information via this connection. Even if this method is not as safe as end-to-end encryption, it prevents the data from being sniffed on unsecure Wi-Fi networks.

 

Is it really safe?

 

By purpose, this method ensures the “message” is kept between the sender and the recipient and prevents third parties from reaching it. However, sometimes it causes illusion amongst users. Such that, the thought of “nothing can be kept private” causes worrying and misunderstanding. 75% of users attended in the survey made in England indicate that they think “this encryption is method is not safe and third parties may access sensitive information if they want”. Worrying about sensitive issues is natural but it should be underlined that end-to-end encryption is extremely safe. Even if you are exposed to malicious software and viruses, the data will be safe. Because the data is encrypted at the device and not the server; applications are not able to decrypt this data.

 

Is it available on every platform?

 

It’s not easy to implement end-to-end encryption method on every platform. The hard thing about using this method on every platform is to encode and decode the keys and accord them on both sides of communication. As 11Sight, we care about your data privacy and use end-to-end encryption on every platform.

 

For further information about end-to-end encryption method, give us a call with 1-click.

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCES:
https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-end-to-end-encryption-4028873
https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/end-to-end-encryption-E2EE
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Video Chat in Online Therapy

Video Chat in Online Therapy

Have you been thinking about getting mental health support, but always postponing? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 60% of American adults were doing so in the previous year. Most common reasons are stigma, cost or accessibility. Online therapy can be a solution. Multiple studies found out that online therapy can be equivalent to face-to-face mental care.

 

Psychologists call remote mental health services “telepsychology”, be it by phone, webcam, e-mail or text messaging. These types of services are in use for more than 20 years. They were used mostly by military members but the booming smartphone usage has made it more accessible and affordable for everyone.

Of course, online mental health services might not be suitable for every patient or practitioner. But today’s problems are usually solvable through telepsychology and 11Sight is a good solution for those practitioners who want to be reachable online with only 1-click.

 

In a research made by University of Zurich, it’s been found out that online clients and therapists considered the impact of their online sessions as strong as or stronger than their previous in-person sessions.

 

“Some of our clients anonymously stated that they were able to tolerate online therapy better than face-to-face therapy consistent with the interpretation that clients’ experience a calming influence of the online environment.”*

 

Stigma

Going to a therapist can be a stigma for some people. But there’s nothing to be ashamed of. When we eat, we feed our bodies; when we talk to a professional, we feed our souls. And these two can’t go without each other. Still, it’s hard to change the bias. Online mental services are the cure for this; because when the interview is online, it might feel like talking to a friend rather than a therapist. What’s more, nobody has to know who the person is talking to.

 

Accessibility

Some people may have some responsibilities or difficulties that prevent them from going to a therapist. These might be physical limitations or a baby to be looked after. Whatever the condition is, a more “accessible” psychologist would be more convenient. 11Sight comes at this point by being available on every platform with only 1-click.

Cost and Convenience

Online mental service is a cheaper solution. Both from the monetary perspective, and the time perspective. The practitioners don’t have to think about office expenses and can spare more time for themselves since they will save time from transportation. Same is valid on the patients’ side. Since the patients will be attending the therapy sessions in the comfort of their own homes, they will be able to schedule sessions more conveniently and also be more open to discuss sensitive issues.

 

Confidentiality and Privacy

 

Online therapy can be helpful in many cases but for people in certain situations, there might be some risks. Some patients require close interaction rather than joining the session from home.

 

Psychotherapists know the deepest emotions and secrets of their patients and they must be reliable. Information privacy is the major concern of the patients and the psychologists. Since the information is being transmitted online, patients may think twice about talking about their sensitive issues online. 11Sight comes with the solution; an advanced end-to-end data encryption. Information shared on 11Sight can never go to third parties. Contact us if you have more questions about our technology.

 

It’s not hard to see why online counseling is growing in popularity. Request a free demo from 11Sight to experience the ease of instant video chat. Follow us for more!

 

 

 

SOURCES
*University of Zurich. (2013, July 30). Psychotherapy via internet as good as if not better than face-to-face consultations. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 9, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130730091255.htm
 
Novotney, A. (2017, February). A growing wave of online therapy. Monitor on Psychology48(2). http://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/02/online-therapy
 
Reynolds, D. J., Jr, Stiles, W. B., Bailer, A. J., & Hughes, M. R. (2013). Impact of exchanges and client-therapist alliance in online-text psychotherapy. Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking16(5), 370–377. doi:10.1089/cyber.2012.0195
 
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https://www.cnet.com/news/online-vs-in-person-therapy-cost-confidentiality-accessibility-and-more/
 
 

 

Can Video Calls Improve One’s Carbon Footprint?

Can Video Calls Improve One’s Carbon Footprint?

Video calls offer time & cost benefits for businesses and organizations. But did you know that you can also reduce your carbon footprint with 1-click? Let’s look at benefits of video calls from our planet’s perspective. See how video calls can reduce the carbon footprint of your business and customers.

 

Video calls are today available on every platform, technology has become viable to SMEs together with mobile workers. Applications of video calls are endless… From in-house communication to health services, video call is becoming an inseparable part of our lives. Education for students, identification of equipment failure, training of employees can all be backed by video calls. By doing so, travel expenses of companies and individuals will be extinguished; by expenses we mean carbon emissions caused by the vehicle, together with monetary expenses. So video calls implicitly by effectively support the reduction of one’s carbon footprint.

 

There are some studies / articles to corroborate the idea of reducing carbon footprints by using video conferences. By using 11Sight, you will reduce your own footprint as well as your customers’. We want to mention some of these studies at this point to make it clearer.

 

Article #1: “A demonstration of how virtual meetings can enhance sustainability in a corporate context”  |  Turlough F. Guerin

 

A three-month trial was undertaken across a telecommunications company in Australia to evaluate the use of video conferencing (VC) benefits.

 

The results from the trial were used by the finance and administration department of the company to promote VC usage and, at the same time, to introduce a nonessential air travel ban, which led to annualized cost savings of up to 40% on business as usual.

 

Results:

The company saved $AUD 62,362 was saved from avoided travel, 1,420 hr were not spent traveling, and almost 100,000 kg CO2e emissions were not released into the atmosphere from the use of eight VC units, during this trial. These savings resulted from 305 people choosing to use VC instead of traveling. Projection of the amount of savings goes up to $AUD 1.47 million annually.

Guerin T. A demonstration of how virtual meetings can enhance sustainability in a corporate context. Environmental Quality Management. 2017;27:75–81. https://doi.org/10.1002/tqem.21515

 

Article #2: “Video Conferencing Cuts Emissions, Delivers Quick ROI”, E+E Leader

 

“U.S. and U.K. businesses that substitute some business travel with video conferencing can cut CO2 emissions by nearly 5.5 million metric tons in total and achieve total economy-wide financial benefits of almost $19 billion, by 2020, according to a new study commissioned by the Carbon Disclosure Project and sponsored by AT&T.”

 

Financial return on investment of integrating video calls to your business is as little as 15 months. You can save nearly 900 business trips in the first year of using video calls and reduce emissions by 2,271 metric tons over five years. This means avoiding the greenhouse gas of 434 passenger vehicles for one year.

 

Click for more information; https://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/06/video-conferencing-cuts-emissions-delivers-quick-roi/

 

 

Article #3: “Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel”  |  The New York Times

 

“One round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person. The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year; the average European, 10. So if you take five long flights a year, they may well account for three-quarters of the emissions you create.”

 

Click for more information; https://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/sunday-review/the-biggest-carbon-sin-air-travel.html

 

 

Request a demo from 11Sight to discover its well-loved features and experience the professional video call. Follow us for more news!

 

 

 

The Role of Video in Online 1-to-1 Courses

The Role of Video in Online 1-to-1 Courses

It’s certain that video calls have come to another era today. Individuals and businesses are integrating video calls into their lives so fast. Video calling is a faster and cheaper solution for many reasons. There are so many areas of use; the most popular area of use for 11Sight is customer service.

 

Another great area to benefit from video calls is education. Online education market is booming, and these platforms use videos and links to teach everything. Why do students prefer these platforms? It’s because it’s easier to focus when you both hear and see what’s being told. But you don’t have to be a part of these platforms to use video for education. As an instructor, you can have your very own link to send, or better, a customized button that takes students to your screen with 1-click. Let’s dig into the benefits of video calls in education in more detail.

 

When instructors use video calls, it grabs attention.

            Students love using new things because they’re willing to learn and experience new things to enhance their life quality. Our 1-click button makes education reachable for everyone.

 

Video calls increase motivation.

With 1 to 1 video calls, you are there for only that student. By no doubt, this gives them the feeling of being special. High motivation brings success and it’s just 1-click away.

 

Make learning process interactive.

Charts and presentations are replaced by HD videos. They are becoming common too, but interactive calls are not! Sharing screens with the students provide better and more life-like experience.

 

In the era of digitalization, video calls endorse distant learning.

Education will never end, but the way things are being taught will change for sure. 11Sight is a great option for online instructors because it takes only 1-click from every platform for students to reach the instructor. Some companies provide free education programs via video calls, to make education accessible for everyone.

 

Last but not least, video calls are environmentally friendly.

It’s possible to reduce your carbon footprint by using video calls. All those students will not have to use cars, trains and buses twice every day; which can reduce the carbon emission by a huge amount.

 

When we think further, video calls seem like the best choice for education, don’t they? Try a free demo from 11Sight to see it with your own eyes. Follow us to discover more about 11Sight!