Privacy is a major concern no matter who you are, but in the era of data leaks and bot accounts, people are getting more invested in how they secure their information online. This includes private and internal podcasts. In order to privatize them, you need the necessary level of security to ensure that only the intended users can access your content.
There are different methods of securing your private podcast with varying degrees of privacy and security. One trivial method of podcast privatizing is scrambling your Feed URL. By scrambling the URL of your episode, the likelihood of a non-intended user discovering and accessing your podcast greatly decreases. However, while a scrambled URL makes your podcast difficult to discover, it should be noted a scrambled URL does not usually require a username and password to access, therefore making it accessible to anyone who has the link. As an example, if someone emails and/or texts the scrambled URL to someone outside of the company or posts it online somewhere (forum, social media, etc.), anyone who clicks that link can now access that content.
Furthermore, scrambling the feed URL does not provide a digital footprint back to the person who shared it, so accountability is difficult to enforce. This needs to be a point to consider when thinking about how accessible you want your podcast to be.
A more secure solution for protecting your private podcast is to have your feed URL accessible only by password and email. Podbean’s private podcasting solution ensures that your private episodes are truly inaccessible via a public link and needs a username and password to access your content. Once your private podcast is published, each episode file is moved to secure storage and will require a pair of email and password to access.
Podbean’s private podcasting solution also allows you to integrate your company’s Single Sign On (SSO) login. Users can use SSO login to access your private podcast on Podbean Podcast App, your white label App, or your Podbean podcast website. Podbean’s intuitive interface and powerful admin tools make revoking access to your private podcast as easy as removing the user from your member list. Once their access is revoked, they can no longer access your content.
When it comes to private podcasts, you could be using them for a school group, internal communications for a company, or as a private community looking to share information without other people intruding on your content. By understanding the security and privacy measures that are available to you, you can decide which one works best for your privacy needs.