mailbox.org rolls out secure video conferences for business customers and schools
- Video conferences with up to 25 participants for businesses
- Schools and teachers benefit from a special plan supporting up to 50 participants
- Encrypted connections and unlimited conference duration
- Extended: Included in our basic one-euro-per-month plan until 1 March 2021
Private customers and team accounts have been using secure video conferences at mailbox.org for a few weeks already. We are pleased to announce that this feature is now also available to all our business customers, and also for schools and their teaching staff.
Hosted in Germany, GDPR-compliant, securely encrypted, easy to use, and inexpensive: Our video conferencing solution, integrated in the mailbox.org Office, is ideal for businesses, schools, and other organizations that value privacy and have a legal duty to protect their data, and those of their customers or students. Our solution is based on an adaptation of the well-known Open Source-Software „Jitsi“.
Secure video conferences for your business
Our business customers can now run their own secure video conferences with up to 25 participants, and it certainly couldn't come at a better time, with so many people working from home right now. The video conference feature is available directly in the mailbox.org Office in price plans from 2,50 per month. For a limited time, the feature is also available in our most basic plan for 1 EUR per month.
Facilitating large conferences with more than 100 participants
mailbox.org can offer dedicated, closed video conferencing systems to large organizations. These systems can run sessions with more than 100 participants at a time. If you are interested in this solution, please get in touch with our business support team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secure video conferences for schools and teaching staff
Many schools and teachers already use mailbox.org for secure e-mail communication that is also compliant with data protection legislation, and for the secure sharing of documents with students and parents. Teachers can now use the video conferencing feature to give classes and deliver instruction synchronously online, and fully GDPR-compliant. This can be a great solution if there is a need to be in quarantine because of Coronavirus but also a need to continue teaching. Specifically for this purpose, we created a special package that gives schools but also individual teachers access to a video conferencing solution for up to 50 participants per session, and no limits on the session duration. For a limited time until 1 March 2021, this feature is also available in our most basic price plan for EUR 1.00 / month.
The school package is available through our support team on request. If you are a school administrator or a teacher and interested in using mailbox.org video conferences for teaching, please contact email@example.com for further information and to let us know your mailbox.org address, and the name of the school you work at.
Servers are located in Germany
mailbox.org runs all required servers in data centers that are located in Germany. This is how we can guarantee that any personal data about you, your business, your staff, or your students will be kept secure and compliant with data protection laws, with a trustworthy provider in Germany. This is particularly relevant for European businesses and any organization subject to public law, in light of a recent judicial decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that declared the so-called „US-Privacy Shield“ mechanism void. This has rendered the use of most US-based cloud services in Europe unlawful from a data protection perspective. Please click here for our interview on the ECJ decision about the US Privacy Shield (In German only).
This is how it works
Participants require only a regular web browser to attend (We recommend Firefox or Chrome) – no additional software is required. As an alternative, participants can use the service on mobile devices. There are free apps available for Google Android and Apple iOS.
All connections to mailbox.org video conferences are encrypted. The feature can be used easily and intuitively, especially also by less technically-minded people. Users can set up virtual conference rooms in their mailbox.org Office and assign a room name and a password. Participants receive their invitation links by e-mail.
In addition to video communication, participants can of course also use a text chat and share their screens, document views, etc. with each other.
Features of mailbox.org video conferencing
- Runs in the Web browser, no further software installation required
- Invite links are sent by e-mail
- Up to 25 participants per session for business customers / up to 50 for schools
- Unlimited session duration
- Share your screen or presentation slides
- Text-based chat with moderation features
- Participant management (muting of participants, etc.)
- Participants do not need to have an existing mailbox.org account
- Free Jitsi apps for mobile devices
Prices and availability
mailbox.org video conferencing is available now in our price plans from EUR 2,50 per month and user. To continue supporting our users in times of COVID-19, video conferences are currently also available free of charge in the basic “Secure Mail” package (EUR 1 per month), until the 1. March 2021.
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