How do I limit public access to a video?

All videos you upload to the Vidbeo video hosting platform are assigned a unique id. Naturally if you only embed them on pages within your organisation’s web site that the public can’t access - such as password-protected pages - then the only way somebody would be able to find them is if they guessed the random id assigned to each video. While unlikely, this is possible and so this is not a valid way to protect your content.

Therefore if you wish to control who can see a video you upload (to make the video private), you can apply what we call a ‘restriction’. A restriction is a policy that governs whether, when an embed code is requested, it is served. Each ‘restriction’ contains the IP addresses (such as those for your corporate network), countries, and/or domains that you wish to grant access to. In addition, it can also limit access to those users it can authenticate using your own corporate identity system (single sign-on). If the system can not determine the viewer’s request matches the restrictions imposed upon it, it will prevent that item from being accessed.

You can choose which restriction to apply to your video (or indeed playlist) by locating it within your content library and clicking on its thumbnail image. From the page showing its details you should see a dropdown menu which lists the available restrictions in your account. Simply select the restriction you wish to apply, then click on the ‘Save changes’ button.

When the page refreshes, the request for the player on that page is subject to the restrictions imposed. So for example if your restriction only permitted access from the UK, and you are not in the UK (or the system determined that your location was not in the UK), then the video should not have loaded.

In addition, if you are not using it, you may want to block the share URL.

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