I noticed this thread about Mikogo, and as one of the Mikogo Team members I’d like to say a few words to clear up a point.
A link has been posted to a thread, which I participated in, about Mikogo and security. However, that thread was originally written in German, and the link is just a translation using babelfish.
Klsgfx, I appreciate you posting a link to the thread, however the quality of translation is a bit difficult to understand, so I thought I should clear up some issues that we had been discussing:
1.Is the transferred data during a Mikogo meeting secure and do we have access to it?
We use a 256bit AES end-to-end encryption. When two computers connect via a Mikogo meeting there is a key-exchange and only those two computers have access to the key – no one else has access to this, including us. We don’t know the key, therefore we cannot access the data.
Also, we are a German company which means that we are bound by German privacy laws. These laws are very strict, and we follow these laws 100% in everything we do, protecting the privacy of our users. We also offer professional desktop sharing tools for companies worldwide.
2.What are the functions of the Mikogo server? Wouldn’t it be possible to use the server only for the handshake?
This server has several functions. The server is always available and you can connect it to it through the standard ports (80,443) and protocols (TCP, HTTP). And these ports need to be open if you want to use the Internet. So these ports are already in use when you’re connected to the Internet. If you wish to connect directly, without the server, for example through VNC player, you would have to open other ports. This could cause a security issue, and is the reason why many companies and computer users have blocked such port access.
Another issue is the performance: If there was a peer-to-peer connection and a meeting with 10 participants the performance would be slow and poor because the organizer would have to establish a connection to all 10 participants with a limited upload speed (private broadband internet connections normally provide much higher download than upload speed).
Our servers are located in professional data-centers with a fast connection to the Internet, so we can provide a high performance even with a higher number of users.
I hope this clears up the issues that were no doubt difficult to read on the German-English translated thread.
I’ll continue to check this thread so if you have any more questions about Mikogo, feel free to let me know and I’ll be sure to respond and help you out.