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Google Rebrands Hangouts Meet As Simply Meet, Reveals New Security Features

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Google has rebranded its Hangouts Meet service and it’s now calling it Google Meet. Two Google directors of product management, Karthik Lakshminarayanan and Smita Hashim announced the changes in a blog post.

 

In the blog post, the directors refer to Hangouts Meet as Google Meet and list a number of privacy and security features that Google Meet is employing to keep its remote meetings from being hijacked.

 

Google also confirmed to The Verge that the Meet service is an independent part of G Suite. G Suite also includes brands like Docs, Drive, Gmail, and Sheets. Hangouts Chat, the text-messaging service of the Hangouts service is also part of G Suite.

 

Google says that the security features will help schools keep meetings safe and improve the remote learning experiences for teachers and students.

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The new Google Meet security features include:

— Only meeting creators and calendar owners will be able to mute or remove other participants. This, it says, will ensure instructors can’t be removed or muted by student participants.

 

— Only meeting creators and calendar owners will be able to approve requests to join made by external participants. Meaning that students can’t admit external participants via video. It also means that external participants won’t be able to join before the instructor.

 

— Meeting participants won’t be able to rejoin nicknamed meetings once the final participant has left. This means if the instructor is the last person to leave a nicknamed meeting, students will be unable to join later without the instructor present.

 

The company says Meet works entirely in the browser, therefore, users won’t need to install a plugin or software. It also adds that this will limit the attack surface and eliminate the need for frequent security patches. Google meet will also support multiple 2-step verification for added security.

 

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