Google Meet, Google’s premium version of Google Hangouts, is now being made free for all users. You will no longer need a G Suite account to access Google Meet.

During April 2020, Google Meet saw roughly 3 million new users every day.

Why use Google Meet?

Google Meet is a great platform for video calling, with multiple people, from multiple devices.

Not only can you join a Google Meet with a laptop, you can also join on your phone with the app, and through a phone call with a unique call-in number.

With Google Meet you have many features to utilise, that make the process of setting up a meeting all that much easier.

Connecting with your Google account allows you to setup a meeting through Google Calendar, generating a meeting code and call-in number.

Google Meet is also very accessible, with the option of live captions for hearing impaired users.

Get notified when it’s available for all

If you want to be notified when Google Meet is available for free, for your area, you can sign up on Google’s website here.

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Google Meet is all about safety and security

With Google Meet seeing a 30x increase in usage over the past few months, it is always important to ensure security, see below the many features Google implement to achieve security for all users;

  • Google provide a strong set of host controls such as the ability to admit or deny entry to a meeting, and mute or remove participants, if needed.
  • Google do not allow anonymous users (without a Google account) to join meetings created by individual accounts.
  • Google Meet meeting codes are complex by default and therefore resilient to brute-force “guessing.”
  • Google Meet video meetings are encrypted in transit, and all recordings stored in Google Drive are encrypted in transit and at rest.
  • Google Meet does not require any plugins to use on the web. It works entirely in Chrome and other modern browsers, so it’s less vulnerable to security threats.
  • On mobile, there are dedicated Google Meet apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
  • Google Meet users can enrol their account in Google’s Advanced Protection Program—our strongest protections available against phishing and account hijacking.
  • Google Cloud undergoes regular rigorous security and privacy audits for all its services.
  • Google’s global compliance certifications can help support regulatory requirements such as GDPR and HIPAA, as well as COPPA and FERPA for education.
  • Google will not use your Google Meet data for advertising, and don’t sell your data to third parties.

275K staff members at PwC use Google Meet

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