Checklist To Find A Safe Video Chatting Portal

Video chatting has gained prominence and popularity in recent times, with people living in far-flung places and physical meet-ups becoming increasingly less accessible. People have found these online video chatting portals to be the best way to connect with families and friends and make interactions more life-like.

These video chatting portals have seen a massive upsurge in the last year with the ongoing pandemic that took the world by storm in early 2020. They are not only being used for social connections but also for business conferences, online education, and more. With work from home becoming the mainstay in the last year, the majority of the working population has been forced to find new solutions for connecting with their teams and bosses. In fact, people have moved everything to the online sphere with online dating and networking too. However, like any other virtual software, these online video chatting portals have their dark side; which means you need to be careful while choosing a portal. Here is a checklist to help you find a safe portal that will have all the latest features and at the same time, be secure.

1.  Thorough study

There are hundreds of video chatting portals available today, making it challenging for someone to decide which one to use. Thus, it is important to do a thorough study of the apps and shortlist some based on your requirements. If you want an app for dating, look out for dating specific ones. If you want a video chatting portal to connect with family and friends, choose a portal like Camfrog. However, if you want one for official meetings and conferences, choose one that allows you to have many people in one call.

While researching for video chatting portals, please read their privacy policies, reviews, costs and plans. Many of the apps have hidden costs and terms and conditions mentioned in the fine print. Be sure to read them properly; or else you might be caught unawares.

2.  Read reviews

One way to find out if a video chatting platform is authentic and popular is through user reviews. A user will be the best judge of the app and will give honest feedback on it. They will be able to tell you about all the hidden costs and underlying terms and conditions that are only revealed after using the app. Many of the apps have a user’s review section, where you can read comments about the app. It is best to read them and then make an informed choice.

3.  Prioritize security features

Security is the most vital feature to check in any video chatting portal. It should form the basis of choosing one software over the other. Many big names in the business like Zoom have had security breaches leading to privacy invasion and account hacking. Thus, you should always double-check the security features of the video chatting software you plan to use. Here is what you should consider:

  • Password authentication– Ensure that every meeting you sign in with through your video conference portal uses password authentication. It might seem a little time consuming to punch a password for every meeting but not having a password could turn into a massive security breach, especially when the discussion involves confidential and highly sensitive information. Remember, people can easily gain access to meeting IDs and use the chat portion to spread malicious links and upload files. Having password protection creates another wall between the perpetrator and you.
  • End-to-end encryption– Ensure that all the video calls are end-to-end encrypted so that they are seen only by the people on the call and not the app. This will ascertain complete privacy of the user.
  • Check privacy policy features – Always check if the video chatting app you are downloading has a valid privacy policy with the mention of user’s rights in case of any violation. For instance, Camfrog, a popular video chatting app in America, enlists all its privacy policy rules and regulations and terms of service for users to read and know.
  • Which privacy policy is being used? – As a video chatting portal user, you should know which privacy policy is being followed. Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation or California’s Consumer Privacy Act. Both these show the transparency of the app and if third parties can access the collected data.

4.  Anonymity Feature – A must-have

Video chatting can be a fun way to meet new people, especially in these times of social distancing and stay-at-home orders. However, for some, it can be quite an intimidating experience. You may be an introvert who is not comfortable sharing pictures and personal details with strangers, or you might want to be comfortable and sure of the person you are interacting with before divulging any details. In such cases, your video chatting app should have an anonymity feature. This feature allows you to maintain your privacy till you are comfortable sharing it. This will enable you to ease into a conversation with strangers and talk to them without any inhibitions. It also works as an excellent security feature.

5.  Multi-platform support

Ensure that the video chatting portal you choose is compatible on different platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows and Linux because you might be using an android device today but later might want to switch to an Apple gadget. If your video chatting app does not support both, you will have to bid farewell to all the connections and friendships you have made on that portal.

6.  Updating to the latest version

Check out if you can update the video chatting app to the latest version. It is best to have the latest version so that you get the latest features. Also, with every upgrade, companies can fix any bugs or vulnerabilities that malicious hackers can use to their advantage. Updating to the latest version will increase the app’s speed too and tends to not take up as much space on your device.

7.  Multilingual support

Most often, video chatting platforms are available in English but what if you are not well-versed in English and want to chat with people around the world? Thus, having an app that supports different languages is the best. You can connect with more people from across the globe and interact with them uninhibitedly without the language barrier. Paltalk is one such video chatting software that supports 17 languages.

8.  Myriad chat options

Look out for video chatting portals that have various chatting options. From one-to-one live messaging, private video & audio calls to group calls with your crew. These options make it more attractive for users to connect, especially in these times of social distancing. For instance, Camfrog has the option of private chats and public chat rooms. In the latter, you can connect with many people and discuss different topics; these public rooms are also good for networking and discussions. The one-on-one chat rooms are best used for more intimate conversations.

9.  Free and paid apps

Quite a few of the video chatting apps offer their services for free while others have paid versions with additional features. You need to look out for this aspect while shortlisting video chatting software. Read the terms and conditions well and the payment policy too, or else you may start using an app thinking it is free but end up stumped when the payment demand comes after the free trial is over.

Tips to safeguard yourself while video chatting

  1. If you are using the video chatting portal for conferences and meetings, ensure that the meetings are password-protected. If you are using a video chatting portal for socializing like Camfrog, then ensure that your profile is password protected. It should be a combination of letters, alphanumerics and numerics. Also, keep changing the password regularly.
  • Most of the video chatting portals are end-to-end encrypted with proper security features in place but it is best not to divulge any personal information, especially in the first few interactions, such as private pictures, phone numbers and residential address.
  • It is best not to download files in the form of videos, audios or pictures shared by strangers or people you have just met on these video chatting apps. First, get to know the person and understand his intentions; after you feel comfortable you can share files. If you are a part of a public chat room, it is best to avoid downloading files sent from strangers as it could be a virus or malware.
  • If you are using the video chatting platform for official purposes, do not share meeting information like meeting ID and passwords on social media platforms even though it might be convenient. This could lead to malicious activity and disruptions.
  • Use video chatting platforms that have good host controls so that you can moderate the meeting and allow or deny people from entering the meeting.
  • Use the apps that have a waiting room or lobby facility. These waiting rooms give the hosts complete control over when and how many people can join the meeting at any point. It also lets the host know who all is trying to enter the meeting.
  • Create a genuine profile after selecting the video chatting platform. In your profile, give a brief description of yourself; include your interests, likes and dislikes. This will help people know about you in brief before interacting with you. If you want to put up a picture in your profile, keep it casual and genuine. Also, in your profile, state the reason for joining the portal so that only similar-minded people will approach you. Also, communicate your expectations from people so that nobody is caught unaware. It will also help you sift out uninteresting people.
  • Keep conversations casual in these virtual chatting apps because you do not know the person and their intentions well. It’s best to avoid serious discussions on religious matters and politics, as well as personal conversations in the first few interactions. Keep your chats fun, casual, and interactive; this will help keep your new friendships light and fun to start. Video chatting portals

like Camfrog also have a feature, Gifts and Stickers where you can send virtual gifts to one another; another great way to break the ice. You can also join public chat rooms to meet people with common interests.

  • Conversations should be a two-way street where you listen as well as speak. Having healthy discussions on casual topics or sharing experiences is a great way to take virtual meet-ups to  the next level. Try to find out more about the person you are chatting with, asking him/her about their interests, hobbies and more. Also, share your likes and dislikes with them. This will help you know the person better and faster.
  1. When you initiate a conversation with a stranger, always check out their friend list. Be wary if he/she has few friends or no pictures. If the person has pictures, check if there are other people in them and are they tagged. Most genuine profiles would have photos of people with others tagged in them.
  1. If you want to check if the picture posted in the profile is genuine, just drag and drop the picture of the person in the image search box and it will show where the image has been used. You can do the same with your image to ensure that it is not being misused anywhere.

Conclusion

Video chatting is a great way to find friends, network and work from home. With new feature-heavy video chatting portals, it feels like you are meeting the person in real life. This has brought some normalcy in the pandemic-hit life of social distancing and quarantine. However, these apps have breached security thresholds in the past, invading privacy and hacking accounts. Thus, it is pertinent to look beyond the glitter and glamour of a video chatting portal and do a thorough research while choosing them. Iron out all the doubts using this checklist and enjoy seamless and safe video chatting sessions.

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How To Find Friends Using Safe Video Chatting Portals

In today’s times of the COVID – 19 pandemic and the social distancing norms that are still in force, life has become quite secluded for most people. Socializing, going out for movies, meeting people on dates is but a distant dream still. Given these restrictions, video chatting portals have seen a considerable upswing in the last year. These video apps are the most convenient way of connecting with family and friends located far and wide as well as a novel form of forging new bonds. People are scurrying towards these virtual friend finder apps to have distant socializing in times of social distancing.

However, with so many video chatting portals available today, it can be quite a daunting task to find a reliable one to start your virtual sojourn of finding friends. Each video chatting app is packaged beautifully, showcasing all its features but only when you read the fine print do you understand the underlying conditions and costs. Hence, it is pertinent to do a thorough study of the available video chatting portals and do an elimination through informed selection. Follow this checklist before deciding on any one video chatting portal and you are sure to find a secure app.

1. Check security features

The most quintessential thing lookout for, while hunting for your favorite app, is the security feature. Many fraudsters are lurking around in the virtual world just to nab innocent people and you don’t want to be easy prey. While scouting around for a video chatting portal, always check for these:

● Are the chats end-to-end encrypted?

This feature secures the call so that it is seen only by the people using it, not even the app.

● Can the video calls be intercepted and also recorded by another person?

It is pertinent to find out who all can join the call and how they can get in. Video chatting portals like Camfrog ensure that they list all the privacy policy features in detail and mention the user’s rights in case of any violation. In fact, they have an excellent feature that allows parental control too. It restricts users between ages 13-17 from joining rooms outside those hosted by Camfrog.

● Ways in which the account data is being used

Check out if the video chatting website follows all the privacy policies like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation or California’s Consumer Privacy Act. This shows how transparent the apps are with their users and if the data collected can be accessed by third parties. Also, create a foolproof password that is a combination of letters, alphanumerics and numerics. Keep changing the password frequently to ensure that the account is not hacked into.

2. Look out for the anonymity feature

While video chatting is a fun activity, it can also be quite intimidating for someone shy. You may not be comfortable sharing your personal details and picture initially with someone. One of the most important features to look out for in this case is a video chatting portal’s anonymity. This allows you to maintain your privacy till the time you get to know the person well. Popular video chatting portal Camfrog allows users to maintain their confidentiality until they are ready to share it. This helps them ease into the idea of video chatting with a stranger and makes them more confident of having conversations without any inhibitions. This feature also works as a security measure in the initial days of chatting when you do not know the person and his/her intentions.

3. Read reviews

One way to find out about the popularity and authenticity of any video chatting portal is to read other people’s reviews about it. The more positive reviews, the better it is for you. A simple google search will be able to tell you about what people think of the app. In fact, most of the apps also have a viewer’s or user’s review section, where you can read comments about the portal. This should give you a fair idea about the video chatting app.

4. Thorough study and research

With hundreds of video chatting portals making their entry, it becomes quite tough to find the perfect one for your needs. It requires thorough research and reading about each portal’s features, privacy policy, users’ reviews and costs. Be wary of hidden costs and other terms that are mentioned in the fine print. It will help if you have a keen eye so you can make an informed choice.

5. Create an authentic profile

After having decided on the video chatting app, you need to create a profile. These pointers should help you create a genuine profile:

  • Give a brief description about yourself in which you mention your likes, dislikes and interests.
  • If you plan to put up a picture, keep it candid and informal with enough light coming on

your face. The photo should be an honest depiction of you and your personality.

  • Clearly mention your reason for joining the video chatting portal so that only those with similar intentions will approach you.
  • State your expectations from people. For instance, if you are an outdoor person

interested in treks and sailing and seek friends with similar hobbies, it’s best to mention it clearly in the profile. This helps filter out a lot of the crowd. In fact, many of the apps have filters where you can put in your likes and expectations and it will only show you similar profiles. This helps sift out the bulk of the uninteresting people.

6. Do not divulge personal details

Even though most of the video chatting portals are end-to-end encrypted and follow all safety procedures, it is still best not to disclose any personal details in the initial conversations. Abstain from giving out details like residential address, pictures, and other information. Get to know the person well, understand him/her and know his/her intentions, only then reveal more of yourself. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry!

7. Keep conversations casual and informal

Video chatting is an excellent way to meet new people without having to step out of your home. It is a great way to interact and exchange ideas and thoughts without making an effort to go out. However, it can be slightly intimidating and awkward to initiate conversations with a total stranger. To keep the flow of interactions and make them attractive, it is best to avoid serious discussions. Avoid speaking about political and religious matters. Do not get into very personal conversations in the first few times. These types of talks can put a person off and make them wary of your intentions.

It is best to keep the chats fun, casual and informal. In fact, many of the video chatting apps like Camfrog have interesting features like Gifts and Stickers, where you can give virtual gifts to your new friends. These work as great ice-breakers and also ease out the conversations. Besides these, you can also join the public chat rooms where you get to meet more people and have common topics to discuss. There are topic or interest-oriented chat rooms that you can be a part of depending on your interest.

8. Speak as much as you listen

Conversations are two-way, so it is pertinent to speak as much as you listen. Monologuing is undoubtedly not the way to make new friends. Share your point of view on matters but also be interested in listening to the other person. It will make the chatting sessions more interactive and help you find out more about the person. In fact, you should encourage the person to speak by asking him/her about their interests, likes, dislikes and more. Forge a healthy relationship from the start, and who knows, it might blossom into a long-lasting bond.

9. Avoid downloading files from strangers

File sharing in the form of pictures, videos and audios is an excellent feature that a lot of video chatting apps have. It makes conversations more interactive and inclusive. You can share photos about your latest holiday or exchange YouTube videos about exciting debates and discussions. This feature most definitely makes interactions more exciting but it is best avoided in the initial days. Get to know the person well and only then share files of any form with him/her. If you are a part of a public chat room, avoid downloading files sent from strangers. It could possibly be a virus or malware to hack into your laptop and get personal details. Be vigilant about what you are sharing and receiving.

10. Focus on good video and audio quality

Another critical aspect of finding friends through video chatting portals is to have clear audio and video capability. You cannot have time-lags and pixelated images while chatting. It will disrupt the flow of conversation. So ensure that you have a stable, high-speed broadband connection. Also, get a high-resolution webcam for better image quality and pick up a pair of headphones with a microphone for better audio.

11. Multi-platform support

You might choose to use an Android device today but later switch to an iPhone. If your video chatting portal does not have multi-platform support, it will disrupt your budding friendship. So lookout for a video chatting app that supports all kinds of platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and Linux. Also, regularly update the app so that the speed is reduced and it does not take up too much space on your device.

Some of the popular and safe video chatting apps

Here are some of the user-friendly, safe and popular video chatting apps that you can check out to make new friends.

1. Camfrog

It is a fun, interactive and user-friendly app. It has the best security features keeping conversations secure. But what sets it apart are the entertainment features. You can have fun with the gifts and stickers available in the Virtual store. Use the public chat rooms to have conversations with a large number of people and discuss your hobbies and interests. You can make interactions more fun by playing games. The app has a list of enjoyable games that can be great conversation starters too. If you want to have a more personal chat with your new friend you can choose to communicate in a room type called “pond”. All these and more make Camfrog one of the most popular video chatting portals in the US.

2. Zoom

Zoom is one of the most popular video chatting apps today. It is a mix between a work and socializing app. It allows up to 50 people to chat together regardless of having an account. You can choose from a wide array of virtual backgrounds for an online party, use screen-sharing to watch any live shows together and also have private conversations through breakout rooms. It also has a polling feature that gives you live results in a game and a whiteboard with an annotation feature for games like Pictionary.

3. Paltalk

A fun and entertaining video chatting portal, Paltalk is a safe way to reconnect with old friends and find new ones. Akin to Camfrog, it has excellent privacy settings that make chatting safe and secure. This feature-heavy app can make conversations enjoyable and interactive through its fun filters, virtual gifts, and chat rooms.

Get ready for a lot of fun with these apps on weekend nights and in-between those long, boring work calls.

Conclusion

Video chatting is an excellent alternative to finding friends when a physical meeting is difficult. And with the modern feature-heavy video chatting portals, it is almost like meeting someone in real life. It has made it convenient and safe to find new friends and also keep in touch with old ones. Every app is trying to better itself as compared to the other, offering an increasing number of features. Today, you can not only speak and see them but also share pictures, videos, audios and much more through this medium. However, it would help if you did not get swayed by all the glam and gloss of video chatting portals and instead be vigilant while choosing

the app. Ensure that you check all the boxes of the checklist mentioned above for an enjoyable and seamless video chatting experience.

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Dating Made Easy And Convenient Through Video Chatting Portals

Gone are the days of finding interesting people to go on dates with through friends or acquaintances. In today’s age of digitalization, where most of our lives are governed by the internet, it’s no surprise that dating has also taken to the virtual world. There are umpteen apps and dating sites that offer exciting new ways to encounter like-minded people. It has not only made dating more convenient but also safer and innovative.

Many online dating platforms like Camfrog have interesting ways to find new people to engage with or initiate a relationship. In fact, during the COVID 19 pandemic, these online video chatting portals were a saviour, allowing some sort of a connection with the outside world. Even now, when the pandemic seems to be fading out, these online dating portals are flooded with people looking for love interests. Let’s find out what makes these video chatting portals so popular.

1.  A Real-Life connection

In today’s times of the COVID-19 pandemic, where there are online classes, virtual meetings, digital shopping experiences, online dating is the best way to have a life-like connection with people. It is a convenient way to meet new people without exposing yourself to the deadly virus. It acted as a bridge to stay connected with old friends and family and also proven to be a great way to forge new bonds and associations. And it is definitely better than only voice calls. Being able to see someone, even virtually, helps connect with the person better. Also as they say – “Seeing is believing!”

Most of these online video chatting portals allow you to see, chat and also talk to people. Many of them, like Camfrog, have sharing options too through which you can share your pictures, videos and also audios. You can share your latest holiday pictures, favorite songs and even any good movies that you have watched recently. Such interaction makes conversations more interactive, engaging and enjoyable; making it an almost real-life experience.

2.  Novel ways to connect

The new-age dating apps and video chatting portals offer more than just the basics of seeing and speaking with each other. They have a gamut of entertaining options that can help you understand the other person better. For instance, Camfrog, a US-based video chatting portal, has the option of giving virtual gifts and stickers. These can work out great as ice-breakers. You can also explore entertaining ways to spend time with each other, like watching movies. You can plan a movie date where you sit in your respective homes with a packet of popcorn and a

bottle of Coca Cola and watch a movie. This will surely give you a feeling of being in a theatre on a real movie date. Similarly, many apps have a virtual karaoke option, where you can sing along with your new-found love interest and plan interesting games around it.

The basic idea of these dating platforms is to make online dating fun, creative and interactive. They help you explore different sides to a person, understand each other’s likes and interests and at the same time make the boring social distancing phase more enjoyable.

3.  Opportunity to meet more people

Regular dating can be quite a time-consuming process as you spend a lot of time physically meeting people. Also, you are restricted to meeting people in your area as travelling halfway across the globe is not a feasible idea. However, with online dating, geographical boundaries are not a matter of concern. Now you can connect with someone virtually who lives by the Swiss Alps as easily as you could your next door neighbor. Online video chatting has made dating more expansive and inclusive. Now all you have to think about is finding a like-minded person and the dating apps are there to help you with that.

If you are a stranger in a city, online video chatting can be an excellent medium to get to know interesting people. These sites basically provide an opportunity to link up with new people and engage in exciting activities and who knows, you might just bump into your life partner in the process.

The video chatting portals also are a great place to network with people not only for personal reasons but also for professional pursuits. You may join the app wanting to find love but you might just find your next boss as well. Keep your eyes and ears open and let opportunities of all kinds come your way.

4.  Online dating allows you to ease into dating

Meeting a complete stranger face-to-face can be a tad awkward under the best of circumstances. Even an extrovert might fumble and be uneasy in this situation. And going on a first date after a breakup can be even more difficult.

With online video chatting portals, you don’t have to go through this rigmarole. You can ease into the dating scene through just an exchange of messages initially and only when you are comfortable, have the first conversation. Physically meeting the person can come only once you are sure of the person and want to move things forward.

Video chatting portals like Camfrog make ‘easing back into dating’ a breeze with wonderful features. For instance, you can exchange different emojis for breaking the ice, send virtual gifts to each other, or share music and interesting videos on YouTube and so much more. This helps you understand someone’s likes and dislikes and gives you a wider range of topics to speak on.

5.  Safety and security

One potential risk of meeting a stranger face-to-face is safety. You might meet someone thinking him to be your knight in shining armour, but you could be shocked to find out the villain behind the veil. There are always misfits lurking around waiting for innocent prey to cast their evil eyes upon. However, with online video chatting, these fears are set aside. The virtual medium forms a sound barrier between you and your date. It works out for the best till you know the person well. It gives you time to get to know the person, their interests and more. While you are still getting to know the person and deciding if you want to take it further, you can also do a background check.

Many of the leading video chatting portals like Camfrog have filters that help sieve out the ones you would never want to meet. You can add your preferences while creating your profile and mention all that you expect from your date. This helps sift out a lot of trash and also the problem-makers that might be waiting around. Also, the good video chatting portals have stringent firewalls and security guidelines that churn out the fraudsters and allow you to have a seamless interaction with like-minded people.

6.  Chances of getting better matches

In the traditional dating format, you meet new people based on a friend’s recommendation or through some acquaintance. This doesn’t always necessitate finding like-minded people. In fact, very often, you could end up going on a date with someone quite the antithesis of you.

On the other hand, online dating sites and video chatting portals have a better match rate. They follow a filtering out method where you can put in your preferences in terms of interests, hobbies, likes, dislikes and more. The app will sift through the entire database of people on that particular portal and find you the exact people who fulfill your requirements. This will, in turn, improve the chances of compatibility. It will also help come time for a conversation, because you already have similar interests to each other.

Also through online dating portals, you can meet people outside your own social circle or community, which can be quite exciting. Imagine meeting someone from a different country but having similar interests. It will give you a huge variety of things to speak about and learn from each other. And who knows, if things work out, you might end up travelling to different countries too!

7.  Easy on the pocket

Going on a regular date can be quite expensive, from driving down to the restaurant or cafe to paying for the food and drinks and to getting back home. The entire date evening can make a dent in your pocket, even if you split the cost with your date. On the other hand, meeting someone on a video chatting portal like Camfrog involves zero, to no cost. The only upfront fee is if you choose to pay for a premium subscription on the website. In fact, you can go on endless virtual dates and not spend a dime. Besides, you don’t even have to make an effort of dressing up and driving to the venue. On the whole, it is a more convenient and relaxed experience.

Online video chatting is an easier way to go on dates, especially in today’s times of COVID-19 and social distancing norms in place. However, finding a trustworthy portal is crucial because many fraudsters are waiting to take advantage of naive people looking for love interests. Follow this checklist to ensure that you have chosen a good but secure video chatting portal.

● Security

The main point to consider while choosing a video chatting app is the security firewall of the app. Ensure that the app has a stringent privacy policy along with end-to-end encryption. A good thing to do is to read through their terms and conditions as well as the privacy policy before signing up. Also, read reviews of other users to know the app’s popularity. You must only sign-up for those apps that offer utmost safety and security.

● Anonymity

Another critical aspect while selecting a video chatting app is to check if it allows you to be anonymous. You might not want to reveal your picture and other details when meeting a stranger. So the app should give you the option of maintaining your anonymity till you deem it safe. Many video chatting portals like Camfrog have this feature, which makes them both popular and safe.

● Feature-heavy

While choosing a video chatting portal lookout for all the features they offer. Most of them have fun and exciting features that make them more than just a dating hub. For instance,

Camfrog has private and public chat rooms where you can meet just one person or many people. Within these chat rooms, you have the option of sponsored video slots where you can pay for up to 30-minutes of video time for all the people in a chat room. Such features make video chatting more interesting and exciting.

● Compatibility with all platforms and devices

Another important aspect to check is if the video chatting app is compatible with all the platforms including, iOS, Android and Windows. Also, check if it runs on all types of devices, from a tablet, computer to a smartphone and desktop.

● File sharing

Always look out for video chatting portals that allow file sharing easily. This makes chatting and dating a lot more interesting and fun. For instance, Camfrog lets users share videos, images as well as audios. You can share YouTube videos on politics, your favorite music on Spotify, and so much more. Sometimes you might have to subscribe to a paid version of the same site to unlock these features but it is worth every penny spent. It helps to make the conversation more interactive and understand each other’s interests.

Conclusion

So get ready to chat, flirt and virtually meet strangers who are excited and waiting to meet you. Maintain your anonymity and be your true self as you explore new people. Date multiple people at a time from across the globe without spending time travelling or making a dent in your pocket. Make private video calls or simply text each other, share pictures, interesting videos and audios. The main idea is to make dating enjoyable and exciting. So if you have never tried it, go ahead and explore this dynamic world of online dating through video chatting portals.

Socializing Made Fun With Cool Video Chat Apps This Winter

COVID-19 is making its presence felt even ten months after its arrival, with lockdown being reinforced in many places. However, people have gotten used to the new way of life, maintaining social distancing. In fact, most people are well adjusted to the new-normal of limited IRL physical human connection and are using the wonderful world of technology to the best of their ability. From using apps for work conferences and collaborations to finding ones for socializing that offer everything from DIY safaris to celebrity-led-cooking sessions and virtual weekend bashess, people are getting creative with the technology at hand. If you are looking for something more than just regular video and audio calls to connect with old friends and make new ones, fret not: many video chat apps offer much more than regular chatting. Get ready to make this cold, dreary winter fun and cozy with some help from the world of the internet, and download these video chatting apps immediately.

1. Camfrog

Camfrog is a free video chatting community to meet new people and to hang out with old friends and family. It offers free video calls to connect with peers and pals, and also to correspond with strangers.

Camfrog is the go-to app if you are looking to maintain your anonymity and chat with strangers. With its global reach, you can connect with people from all over the world on any compatible device. The best part is that it has many exciting features such as games, stickers, karaoke, and public chat rooms to connect with thousands of people and talk about music, sports, politics, and more.

Camfrog also allows you to make private video calls to anyone you want to. This is a more intimate set-up and is best for introverts. However, if you are looking for more interaction, you can join public chat rooms. Here, you can meet thousands of people at the same time and discuss interesting subjects. You can also upgrade your membership to view more cams and join more chat rooms simultaneously.

For entertainment, the app offers rewards in the form of free virtual gifts when you complete daily streaks such as sending gifts daily or going on cam in a group chat. You can also send and receive virtual stickers and gifts from the Camfrog virtual gift store. These work out to be great ice-breakers.

One unique feature of the app is the built-in software for hearing impaired people. There are unique video chat rooms with features for deaf and hard of hearing people that make it convenient for them to talk. It is time to bid farewell to those winter blues and join this video chatting community immediately.

2.  Zoom

To Zoom or not to Zoom? This has been the question for many months since its security problems were disclosed. However, the app has hired high-profile security experts and has many new updates with heightened security firewalls, and many companies, schools, and individuals are back to using the most favorite video conferencing loaded with new features.

Zoom is a mix between a work app and a social one used for both business meetings and family and friends get-togethers. Zoom allows up to 49 people together on a big screen regardless of device or whether they have an account. All you have to do is to click a link to get in.

Zoom’s latest social features can help you throw the best party of the year for your friends, colleagues, and family. Pick from a range of virtual backgrounds for the next virtual get-together, from your favorite sports teams, exotic travel destination, Star Wars characters, and more. Also, use the Touch-up My Appearance feature to give yourself a face-lift..

Use screen sharing to watch a live event or your favorite show or movie together. If you want to have a big bash but still give your guests space to connect, use Breakout Rooms to let them join in smaller groups. You could also make team rooms for games during the party. Use the whiteboard and annotation feature to play a quick game of Pictionary or tic tac toe. If you want to have a virtual talent show like a best-dressed competition and get live results, use the polling feature.

Get ready to have some fun in-between long, boring office meetings or on weekend nights!

3. Houseparty

The name says it all. Houseparty is a funky video chatting app made especially for users to have some fun in times of social distancing. This face-to-face social networking app makes connecting seamless, alerting you when a friend is “in the house” and ready to chat and you can start a small virtual party immediately.

You can chat with all the friends in the house or talk to them privately. If you are a part of a particular room and don’t want gatecrashers, you have the option of locking it or leaving it open for new people to join in the fun.

One of the best features of the app is the availability of simple games to play when the party is on. Some of popular options are Heads Up, Pictionary, and Apples to Apples. Another great feature is the option to record. If one of your buddies cannot make it to the Houseparty, you can always record the session and send him a video message. Get ready to have a virtual version of a massive get-together.

4. Discord

Create a community of friends through the virtual medium where you can stay connected and have a lot of fun with text, voice, and video chats. Discord is an easy to use and simple to navigate app that lets you hang out and talk with near and dear ones.

This app initially was popular for video game streaming, but it is excellent to share information or just for some entertainment with friends. You can play DJ and have a custom playlist for all the people in the group, watch videos through screen sharing, and have special chat rooms to discuss topics, from politics and books to movies and cooking. You can have Discord servers for anything that you can imagine. If you are a fitness enthusiast, join the yoga server or if you enjoy comedy shows, be a part of comedy fan clubs. There is a plethora of choices for everyone. If you want to build relationships with friends and family and have a fun winter, it’s time you downloaded Discord.

5. Marco Polo

Marco Polo app has a fine blend of texting games, entertainment, and video chats. It is apt for those who want to see and talk to loved ones but do not have the time to. The push-to-talk feature creates a virtual walkie talkie that allows you to leave a video or ‘Polo’ that can be watched whenever the other person gets a chance. If you spend a lot of time in back-to-back office meetings or need to complete your assignment that keeps you away from the phone when your friends are video chatting, fret not! The app will savour those moments for you to relish later.

Besides this fantastic feature, the app also offers cool doodles and voice filters to add a fun quotient to the calls. You can sign up for the Marco Polo Plus membership by paying a minimal amount to unlock some amazing features like photo polos, video reactions, notes, reminders, and bookmarks. It’s time to get really connected with loved ones through this fabulous app.

6. Bunch

An amazing party app, Bunch is for those who love sports and games. It is the first group video chat app for multiplayer games. With this app, you can have a virtual party while playing an exciting game. Some of the popular games are Draw Party, where you draw silly pictures with friends and guess what it is, and Mars Dash, where you run a race on the hills of Mars. There are trivia games and puzzles too.

The best part about this app is that if you have a game downloaded on your phone but can’t find it on Bunch, just send them an email and they will get it on board for you. While playing these fun games with your friends, be sure to tag everyone on the instagram handle: @bunch.live. Become a member today and explore the vast arena of virtual games on this magnificent app.

7. JusTalk

Looking for a safe video chatting app for children? Your search ends at JusTalk. This easy to use and absolutely safe app is the best option for children to connect with their school pals or to have a virtual social get-together with cousins. Designed for children over three years, the app has a simple interface and heightened security features.

Kids can use it to make video calls to their classmates and friends anytime and speak about the latest in music and sports or even enjoy a game together. With fun doodles, casual games, photo sharing options, and a plethora of emotions and stickers, this app fills in the void created due to the ongoing pandemic and the oncoming winter. It is time to let your kids have some fun and use technology to enjoy time out with friends.

8. Kik

Stay in touch with family and friends with this simple and fast app. Kik is one of the preferred video chatting apps today owing to its simplicity. You can use it to chat one-on-one with a friend or take part in group chats. You can add some fun to the chat through exciting emojis and stickers. Another great feature making chatting more interesting is the Kik Bot. You can use the bots to chat, do quizzes, or get advice on anything and everything. You can also bring a bot into your group chat and have fun playing games with a larger number of people. Begin a chatting session with your friends through this fun app.

9. Snapchat

Snapchat makes video chatting more fun. You can capture special moments with friends and family in seconds through live messaging, photos, and videos. Use the funky lenes or filters to tweak your photo or dance with 3D Bitmoji and play games using your face. Use the Snap Map feature to find where your friends are hanging out using the location mode or go completely off-grid with Ghost Mode. With so many interesting features, you can surely have a weekend full of entertainment with your near and dear ones.

10. Viber

Tagged as one of the most secure video chatting and calling apps, Viber is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends in far-flung places. With crystal-clear audio and instant video calling capabilities, it is a popular app in the US and abroad. It also has the ability to self-destruct messages, where once the recipient reads the message it is automatically deleted to keep conversations private.

To add some fun and excitement to the conversations, you can use GIFs and choose from more than 35,000 stickers available in the Viber Sticker Market. You can enrich your chats with chat extensions like Viber stickers, Yelp, YouTube, Spotify, Booking, and more.

Conclusion

Nothing can replace meeting old friends and making new ones in person. However, with these fun video chatting apps, you can surely tide over in the present times of COVID – 19 and make dull and gloomy winters fun and exciting. So whether it is calling your boss or to connect with old friends and family, these video chatting apps fulfill every requirement and help rekindle a connection. Try out these amazing apps and enjoy these winters with your loved ones.

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How To Choose The Perfect Video Chat Platform To Soak In The Christmas Spirit With Family And Friends

Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year, with a festive cheer in the air and a lot of fun and frolic all around. It is a time to meet and greet family and friends and also to forge new bonds. With Christmas gifts from Santa Claus and a hearty Christmas meal, winter sees some beautiful cheer during this time. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, festivities this year will be low-key and many family and friends are still stuck across the globe, making it tough to relish the Christmas spirit in all its glory.

Fret not. In such times, technology becomes your best friend with video chatting apps substituting for the actual, physical socialization. You can use these apps to meet and greet and also have a gala Christmas feast. However, you need to be careful about which app you choose. Read on to learn the best way to connect with loved ones this Christmas through the virtual medium.

What do video chatting apps do?

A video chatting platform is the most life-like way of connecting with near and dear ones when distances are unavoidable. It uses the virtual medium to connect people in far-flung places and bring them together, especially during special occasions like Christmas. It not only helps keep in touch with family and friends but also creates new associations and bonds.

These video chatting platforms have taken on new meaning and significance especially in the last six months of social distancing during the COVID – 19 pandemic. They have become a bridge between people to stay connected and together. Today, hundreds of video chatting platforms are available online and each of them promises better features than the last. The problem lies in finding a reliable and user-friendly option that offers a wide variety of choices. A proper sifting and selection need to be done before downloading an app. Let’s read more about what to keep in mind while choosing a video chatting app.

The process to choose a trustworthy video chatting app

A majority of the apps are free and offer great features. They are great ways to see and speak to people, both known and unknown. In cold, frigid winters, these video chatting platforms become a great way to socialize without having to step out of your comfortable home. In fact, some of the apps offer more than just the basics of seeing and speaking with each other. They are an entire ecosystem of entertaining ways to do things together. With so much information about different apps, you can get quite bogged down about which one to choose. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your favorite way to connect this Christmas.

1. Shortlisting of apps based on requirements

To begin shortlisting the apps, you should first establish your requirements. Is it only to chat with a single person on the phone, or would you like to indulge in discussions, debates, and parties together through the virtual medium? This will help narrow down the choices drastically. For only chatting purposes, apps like Google Duo, Instagram Co-Watching, and Whatsapp will be great. However, if you want to connect to multiple people through different devices and watch movies together or have virtual parties, then apps like Discord, Houseparty, and Camfrog might work best.

2. Security

Another vital aspect to consider while choosing a video chatting app is the security firewall of the app. Any app you select should have stringent safety features and also end-to-end encryption to maintain your privacy. Always read user reviews before signing up and also do your own research. Check out the app’s website to know all about its security features and also if they are any hidden costs. It is best to check the Privacy Policy of the app. Once you are convinced about the safety of the app, only then should you use it.

After having decided on the app, ensure that you do not share any private information initially. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry.

3. Feature-check

Most of the video chatting apps today are more than just chatting platforms. They are laden with exciting and interesting features that make them a fun place to be during cold, dull winters or in the present times of COVID – 19. For instance, Camfrog, a video chatting platform from the US, has a feature called Sponsored Video slots where you can pay for a 30-minute free video time for everyone in your room. This allows all free members in the room to have an extra camera for 30 minutes.

Some of them also have interesting non-traditional ways to video chat by doing exciting things together. For instance, have a movie night wherein you and friends can watch a movie or a show sitting in your separate homes but at the same time giving you a feeling of being in a theater together. You could also make your weekend a virtual party hub with a karaoke night on any of the video chatting platforms. In fact, often people use video chatting apps to attend religious services together. Why not sing hymns on Christmas and all the fun songs together as a family even though it’s through the virtual medium?

Besides, video chatting portals have gaming features and the ability to watch, share and exchange files, audio clippings and videos, making chatting all the more interactive and interesting. Some apps like Paltalk give an option to join public or private chat rooms that allow you to indulge in healthy discussions and debates with strangers. They are a great way to network for work as well. People often find like-minded people in such rooms, with similar work ethics and interests that could lead to better job opportunities and shared knowledge.

4. Gifting service

Some of the apps like Camfrog offer the facility of virtual gifts and stickers. This can work out great as Christmas gifts for family and friends staying all across the globe. You can earn credits and purchase virtual gifts with each of them having a distinct value.

A feature-heavy app is great for celebrating holidays like Christmas together, too. You can sing hymns, have a feast in your respective homes but cut the turkey at the same time while on video chat, and more. The basic idea is to have fun and explore all the options and features the video chatting app offers to make chatting more interactive.

Must-haves to use video chatting platforms

Once you have decided which apps you want to use for video chatting purposes, you need to do a quick check on the paraphernalia needed to have a smooth and easy conversation. Here is a checklist of the must-haves to use video chatting apps.

1. A smart device

First and foremost, you need to have a smart gadget to be able to video chat. It could be a smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet. It is the most basic requirement to initiate you into the fantastic world of video chatting. If you don’t have one, it’s time you gifted one to yourself. With Christmas coming up soon, it would be a great gift to give and receive.

2. Stable and fast internet connection

Another must-have to be able to video chat is a good internet connection with a fast speed so that downloads of videos, audio, and files are seamless. A fast speed also ensures that your video is not blurred and the voice is not choppy. And in case you are using the video chatting platform for streaming movies, shows or even to exchange files, a proper broadband connection is a must-have.

3. Compatibility of the device with apps

Once you have sorted out the smart device and got a stable internet connection, you need to ensure that the gadget is compatible with the app you’re downloading. Always use a device that can work on any operating system, such as Windows, iOS, or Linux, because the app you use might be compatible with any one of these operating systems.

Also, before downloading the app, always upgrade the software of the device to optimize device speed. Also, download the latest version of the apps, or else they can take a lot of space and cause it to slow down.

4. Premium quality audio and video

Video quality is of prime importance for any type of video chatting. Though most of the gadgets today have a built-in webcam, they have a low resolution, which could interfere with the clarity of the call. Therefore, it is best to buy an external HD image webcam. Even the audio quality of a video call should be maintained, especially if you are using it for listening to audio, videos and more. Thus, it is best to get a proper microphone with speakers for superior audio quality. Both the webcam and microphone with speakers are readily available online so you can procure them comfortably in times of COVID – 19.

Benefits of having a good video chatting app

Now that you know all about the correct way to choose a video chatting app and the basic things needed to have a seamless chatting experience, let’s find out why video chatting is gaining so much popularity.

  1. Find love

Besides being a medium to connect with loved ones, it is also a popular way to find new friends and forge new bonds. Video chatting apps have thousands of people on them. You can check out different profiles and find like-minded people. Who knows? What starts as a friendly chat can turn into the most romantic love affair.

  • Network

You can use these apps for networking for work. Many of the video chatting apps have public chat rooms for a specific topic. Join one that has discussions and debates around your professional area of interest and use it to network. You never know, you might find your future boss right there.

  • Socialize

It is also a great way to socialize on cold and gloomy winter weekends with nowhere to go, or on holidays like Christmas. Many apps are made with the intention of creating virtual parties. Make these apps your virtual party hub and dance away the weekend. Some of the popular socializing apps are Houseparty and Bunch.

You can even have movie nights with friends through apps like Syncplay and Twoseven. Stream movies online and share it with friends and get the feel of being in a movie hall. To add to the authenticity, get yourself some popcorn and cola. Watch those crucial football matches and cheer for your favorite team with your friends.

With so many different things to do and experience, video chatting apps have become the mainstay for entertainment and keeping in touch with people. 

Conclusion

Holidays and festivals are a time to be with family and friends. However, sometimes due to our busy schedules and the ongoing pandemic, it might not be possible for you to celebrate Christmas in all its glory. Video chatting apps come to the rescue in such times, making you feel close to your loved ones in the best possible manner. They also become a great way to find new friends, network for professional work, and to socialize on cold winter days. Let’s celebrate each day with a lot of love, fun, and cheer with people known and also forge new bonds with strangers through video chatting apps, and make this winter a happy one.

Unlock Free Videos For Everyone

We’re excited to announce a new rooms feature: Sponsored Video Slots.

You can sponsor 30 minutes of free video time for everyone in a room using Camfrog Coins. How does it work? In the Camfrog Store, there’s a new “Room Upgrades” tab, with a new “Sponsor A Free Video Slot” item, just enter the room name you want to sponsor a free video slot for, and purchase. Instantly, all free members in that room will be able to open an additional camera for 30 minutes!

Ok, but what about the fine print? The 30 minutes of 1 extra free video slot starts counting the moment you sponsor the extra video slot. Anyone can sponsor a free video slot in a room at any time. Extra video slot time cannot be extended. This means, if you sponsor a video slot, and 10 minutes later sponsor a video slot for the same room, that room now has 2 free videos, 1 that ends in 20 minutes, and one that ends in 30 minutes. There is no limit to the number of free video slots a room can have sponsored at a time. When a sponsored video slot expires, the extra cam window will close automatically.

In the next few days we’ll be introducing new improved in-room notifications so everyone in the room knows there’s a sponsored free video slot available!

Promotions, Admins, and More! What’s New in Rooms

Introducing Promoted Rooms! Starting a new room, holding an event, or just want to get your room to the top of the list? Starting today, you can use Camfrog Coins to Promote any room to the top!

How does it work? There are 6 available Promoted room slots. When you promote a room, that room will appear in the #1 slot. When someone else promotes another room, your room will be bumped down to the #2 slot, then #3… When your Promoted room is in the #6 slot, and someone promotes another room, your room will be bumped out of the Promoted list. Note: Promoting Rooms is available in the latest version of Camfrog for Windows, and on https://videochat.camfrog.com – promotion support coming to mobile apps shortly.

How long do rooms appear in the Promoted list? There is no set time. Promotions can last for a day, a week, or even just a few moments. It depends on if other members promote other rooms and bump your room off the list.

How much does it cost to Promote a room? At launch, Promoting a room is a flat fee of 1,000 Camfrog Coins. This price may change in the future, or fluctuate based on factors including time of day, amount of members online, velocity at which rooms are being promoted, etc…

An Update on Room Roles

Camfrog Rooms have multiple user levels with different access authorizations.

1: Members. Members can join the room and chat with friends!

2: Friends. Friends of the room are room members that are given a special standout status. This is a great status to give to your room’s regulars. These can signified trusted members. Friends are able to send private messages within the room using the /msg command. 

Friends are signified with a blue smiley face next to their nickname in the room users list.

3: Moderators. Moderators are members who are given special abilities to kick, punish, or ban problematic members from the room.

Moderators are signified with a Green “M” icon in the room.

4: Admins. Admins are members who have extra permissions above Moderators. Admins can designate members as Friends or Moderators in the room, as well as manage some select room settings. Only the Room Owner can add members as Admins. 

Admins are signified with a Red “A” icon in the room. In older versions of Camfrog clients, these may be signified with a green “M” badge

5: Owner. This is the owner of the room. A Camfrog room can only have one account owner. The Owner account has full access to all account settings and permissions. The room owner is signified with a Gold House icon next to their nick.


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Download these top 5 apps to socialize and beat the quarantine woes

The present COVID – 19 pandemic might be an introvert’s dream but it is quite a nightmare for a social butterfly. Sitting at home with nowhere to go and not meeting your near and dear ones for months on end can be frustrating and distressing. From doing household chores and working online for long hours, to looking after cranky children and ailing parents at home, we all have tough jobs in a pandemic. You need a break from all this, a time to just be by yourself and indulge in some ‘me time.’ The Internet and its various means of entertainment and education are great ways to find something interesting to do for yourself. Today, many apps are meant just for that purpose. If you’re looking for options, here is a list of the top five apps that you can download to get rid of your quarantine woes and have some fun. From connecting with friends and family on video chatting apps to co-watching movies and having a virtual party, these apps provide you all that you need to get a sense of normalcy into an otherwise isolated, boring life.

  1. Camfrog

Connecting with people through the virtual medium is the new normal and video chatting is the simplest way to go about it. All you need is a smart device, a fast internet connection, and a camera, microphone, and speakers. Camfrog is one of the most popular video-chatting platforms connecting people from all over the globe to stay united during these trying times. It is a great way to reach people you know and a unique platform to find new friends who might be unknown to you at the moment.

The app offers the option of private chat rooms where you have control over who joins the group. It is a more intimate set up and is ideal for those who like a one-on-one interaction. However, if you are looking at having healthy discussions with a large group of people, Camfrog has public chat rooms too. Therein, you get to interact with multiple people simultaneously and what’s more, you can share videos, audio clips, and even documents. This makes the whole experience of chatting more exciting and fun.

Besides this, Camfrog also has a gaming element to it, wherein you can find new ways to earn virtual gifts through credit points. These gifts can be good conversation starters and a way to break the ice. Another interesting feature of Camfrog is its built-in software for hearing impaired users. It has a hearing-impaired video chat room list with special features for deaf and hard of hearing people, making it convenient for you to converse regardless of hearing level. So break away from boredom and download this app now.

  1. Google Duo

It is tough to meet family and friends during COVID-19 and the ongoing social lockdown. However, thanks to video chat apps, you can at least feel close to them. These apps allow you to stay connected through the virtual medium and spend an enjoyable time face-to-face when you can’t be together in person. Google Duo makes it all the more seamless for you to stay in touch. This latest app from Google is perfect for making video calls and works with Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. The best part is that it is a built-in video chatting app for both iOS and Android devices so you just need to turn it on in your device, without searching for it on the Play Store. This is the perfect answer to Facetime used by Apple users.

Google Duo is secure with end-to-end encryption and has amazing clarity in both audio and video. You can add a maximum of 12 people to a single call, which is ideal for having a family party remotely. The app has a great feature called “Knock Knock” where you get a preview of the person making the call before accepting the call. This works especially well when you do not know the person calling, as it gives you the option of not taking the call on seeing the preview. The app also has options for audio calls and sending notes and fun stickers. Google Duo makes it easy to send customized video and audio messages too when calls are not possible. From photos, simple notes to doodles and videos, you can show your emotions and feelings in different ways. This makes conversation fun and more interactive. An extension of this app is Google Hangouts, which works well for work calls. Download the app to make your loved ones feel special and wanted.

  1. Instagram Co-Watching

Instagram is the go-to app today with the millennials. You can see the youth using it extensively to post pictures and upload videos of their latest hobbies, cooking skills, or even their workout regime. It is the coolest thing to do today, especially in times of social isolation. You can see your friends and family and also what they are up to in times of COVID-19. To make the experience livelier and more interactive, Instagram has launched Instagram Co-Watching, a novel way to be in touch with people.

In this new format, you can invite your friends on a video chat and browse through feed posts together. It could be a feed someone has liked or saved or even one that Instagram recommends. The idea is to do this activity in a group and share views and jokes and give comments, making the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. The app allows up to six people to co-watch at one time on Instagram. You can share private or public posts that everyone in the chat can see. With this extension of one of the most popular social media apps, people are sure to feel genuinely connected even though through the virtual medium. It will definitely add some momentum to your potentially stagnant life.

  1. Houseparty

As the name suggests, Houseparty is a fun app to make your social life exciting. This social networking app creates a virtual space where you can chit chat with friends or play games to bring back some momentum into your life. It is easy to use and connects up to eight people to video chat in a single room. You can be a part of infinite rooms and easily float among them.

This social app is like any other video chatting app such as Skype, but the distinguishing factor lies in the intent with which it has been created. Houseparty allows you to host a virtual party and invite friends and family to join in the fun. It also lets people play games together like trivia and quick draw, and chat at the same time. All these games are built-in, so it saves you the time and effort to download them separately. This app is available on both the iOS App Store and Android Play Store. Go ahead and host your first virtual party while you are stuck indoors with nowhere to go.

  1. Discord

One of the best apps for all those who love gaming, Discord also supports voice and video calls and text messaging. It is a great app for gamers and its chatting features makes gaming a whole lot of fun. You can chat with all those in the gaming arena with you and also find other people and add them to your friends’ list. A lot of people use this app as a social tool as well.

Due to its wide-ranging functionality, Discord is used as a forum-style community platform where people with common interests can create servers or join existing ones, both public and private. It allows a lot of people to get together through video and voice calls as well as text. The majority of the servers on Discord are gaming-oriented but you can also find public Discord servers that include topics like cryptocurrency, self-improvement, or just making friends and staying connected. The best thing about Discord is its wide range of chat options. It also has an easy-to-use interface and is accessible through various devices. You need not be sitting in front of a gaming PC to enjoy Discord. The app has a downloadable PC program that can be used on a computer or laptop. There is a web-based version and a mobile version too. It’s time to get onto this app and make life more fun with some games and a lot of socializing with friends on the virtual platform.

Best way to choose the video chat app for you

Most of the video chat apps are free and they all have great features, making it difficult to decide which one to choose. The best way to begin shortlisting is to take stock of what you need to accomplish with the app. If you are looking to chat on your phone only, Google Duo, Instagram Co-watching, and Paltalk will suffice. However, if you and your friends want to connect a number of devices and want to do more than just chatting, then you should look at Discord and Houseparty. Ultimately, you will choose an app that your friends and family also prefer using but if you are looking for more options, try out all these apps. They are feature-rich, easy to download, and simple to use.

Must-haves to use these apps

Now that you have all the information about the most happening and popular social apps, you should also understand the things required to be able to have a seamless interaction.

  1. A smart device

The most important thing to have in today’s age of technology and gadgets is a smart device. It could be a smartphone, iPad, laptop, or even a desktop. The smart device is a basic requirement to begin your journey of virtual socializing.

  1. Proper internet connection

Video chatting requires a good internet connection. A broadband connection with fast and stable speed is preferable.

  1. Compatibility

Any device you have, be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer, should be compatible with the app that you plan to download. You should always upgrade your software or even the device so you can use the latest version of the video chat apps, or else they eat up too much space on your device and make it slow. Also, use a device that can work on any operating system such as Windows, iOS, Linux, and the like.

  1. Proper audio and video

Today almost every device comes with a built-in webcam, but do not rely on it for video chatting as built-ins often have a low resolution, hampering the clarity. Buy an external HD image webcam and get a proper microphone with speakers for the enhanced audio experience. These are available online, making it easier for you to be fully equipped in times of the novel coronavirus.

Normal life has come to a standstill due to the current pandemic and it is likely to continue for some more time. Being isolated and stuck at home with nowhere to go and no people to interact with can get quite frustrating and add to that the fear of losing jobs, getting sick, or handling an economic slump. Everyone needs a vent, a space to have some amount of human interaction to share and connect. These apps provide exactly that. They are a platform for virtual bonding in today’s times of social distancing and self-quarantine. Download them today and you will see your life bouncing back to some amount of normalcy.

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People Are Tapping Into Video Chat Platforms Like Never Before To Make The Most Of Their Time During The Covid-19 Pandemic

An unprecedented situation has hit the world: the COVID-19 pandemic. It has put a stop to people’s regular lives. Phrases like “social distancing” and “isolation” are now a part of the active vocabulary of every child and adult alike. Masks, a complete sanitation regiment, and unvetted immunity boosters have become the new normal. This unimaginable situation has led to mental distress and emotional turmoil amongst people, and devastating social and economic repercussions.

However, there is a silver lining to this scenario thanks to advanced technology and the Internet. Everyone can be connected easily, linked through the world of the Internet acting as a medium for social interaction. In fact, studies show that pandemic-induced social isolation has changed (perhaps permanently) the relationship people have with technology.

Today, people are more reliant on apps for shopping, communication, entertainment, and staying fit than ever before. Video chatting platforms have proved to be a robust solution for connection as well. Let’s find out more about how they work and their impact on people during the pandemic.

What does a video chatting platform do?

A video chatting platform is a means to connect with known and unknown people through the virtual medium. In this period of social isolation, video chat has become a window to peek into someone’s life. It is one of the best ways to stay in touch with loved ones who are living far away and also to make new associations.

These social apps have become a way to manage our lives while in lockdown. In fact, as per a report by MoEngage and Apptopia, 20% more people used apps in Q1 of 2020 compared to the previous year. In the same time frame, people spent the most ever recorded in a quarter in app stores, amounting to more than $23 million.

Benefits of video chatting apps

Video chatting is the perfect way to socialize in today’s time of social isolation. It is a means to connect with the outside world without worrying about the dreaded coronavirus creeping up in the background. It is now also a way to conduct business for much of the world. Here are a few compelling advantages of using virtual means to stay in touch with the world.

  1. Stay connected with family and friends

Today most of us live in nuclear setups with our extended families spread all over. It is almost impossible to meet them, given the present situation of no travel and self-quarantine. Therefore, video chatting becomes a convenient and reliable way to stay in touch. It gives us a sense of belonging and helps us connect with all our loved ones to know about their well-being and health.

  1. To forge new associations

If you are looking to find new people to interact with but are stuck at home, don’t be depressed. Video chatting allows you to meet and greet strangers in an absolute safe set up and indulge in conversations, share audio and video, and exchange ideas. Who knows? Someone you meet in a public or private chat room could be your soulmate. While hunting for video chatting portals, ensure that you review security guidelines of the app.

  1. A reason to dress up

You are cooped up in your apartments with nowhere to go and nothing to dress up for. A video call with a friend or even a stranger is a reason to get up and into your favorite outfit that has been waiting in your wardrobe for months. It is an occasion to do your hair, wear some makeup, and look and feel good. Get ready to slay those video chatting sessions and make yourself feel great.

  1. 4. A way to network and find new projects

Video chatting portals are used not only for personal chatting, but also as a great way to network with people for new assignments. These times are awful for work with few jobs opening up, nowhere to go out and set up job interviews, and little networking opportunity. However, video chatting portals become a great way to meet people who have similar jobs. You can enter a public chat room where discussions about employment and related matters are discussed and who knows — you might find yourself a brand-new project.

  1. Dating made inexpensive

Think of those times when you had to meet someone on a date in a bar or a cafe. You would spend money on commuting, drinks, and small eats or even a meal before heading home. The entire experience might turn out to be beautiful and unique, but it would add to your monthly expenditure. With video chatting, all those expenses fly out the window as you sit at home meeting new people. You might spend money on your own drink, but you sure don’t have to pay for anything else. So get on one of the reputed video chatting apps and find your date at no cost at all.

  1. Learn new things

For the last few months, everyone has sat at home with nowhere to go. Instead of crying about the lack of things to do, make use of this time to learn something new. Thanks to technology, there’s a lot that can be done without moving a muscle. Use video chatting portals to learn music, try out new recipes, watch and share new shows on Netflix, and participate in good discussions through public chat room forums. All you need is the will and the desire to try out something new and technology will have it serve it to you on a platter.

Features to look out for in a video chatting application

With so many video chatting benefits, you’re probably considering joining an app if you haven’t already. In your search, it is vital to look at the reviews written by other users, read about all their features and make an informed decision. Here are some of the must-have features in a video chatting platform to make your experience enjoyable and interactive.

  1. Suitable on all devices with premier safety features

A lot of video chatting platforms work well only on a single operating system. Avoid these apps as they become a hassle if you change gadgets or shift to another operating system. Always choose those that are compatible with all major operating systems including iOS, Android, and the like. Also, check if your video chatting app is running on the latest firmware version. This ensures that it has all the latest security features.

  1. Public and private chat rooms

Always look out for video chatting platforms where you can have the option of both private and public chat rooms. In the private rooms you choose the people you want to interact with. They could be known friends and family or even strangers. You have absolute control over the people you converse with. On the other hand, the public chat rooms allow you to interact with a larger audience. Try out video chatting apps like Camfrog that offer public chat rooms where you can connect with a larger set of people at one time. These places are great to make conversations more interactive through interesting debates or sharing videos, images, and audio.

  1. Fun through virtual gifts

Video chatting should be as interactive and enjoyable as possible and many video chatting platforms work hard to meet that goal. For instance, Camfrog has a rewards and prizes system wherein users can buy stickers and send them to friends and potential friends. It is a great way to break the ice and to enter a public chat room.

  1. File sharing

Chatting can be even more fun if you share interesting videos and audio with people. Also, sharing your images if you are comfortable makes the conversation more interactive. Look out for video chatting platforms like Camfrog Pro that allow users to send and receive all kinds of files.

Do’s and don’ts of video chatting platforms

Though these video chatting platforms are a huge boon for making new friends and reconnecting with old ones during this phase of social distancing and isolation, they have also left many feeling vulnerable and uncomfortable due to privacy concerns. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts that you should adhere to on video chatting platforms.

  1. Restrict information

To be a part of any social media platform, you need to give out information and details. However, there are video chatting apps that do not ask for sensitive information. For instance, if you do not want to share your picture with a complete stranger in the first few conversations, you should be given the freedom not to do so. Similarly, you needn’t share your exact location with anybody on such platforms. If any video chatting platform asks for these details, it might be a good idea to look elsewhere. Your privacy is ultimately in your hands, so be cautious of what you share online as it can be misused.

  1. Avoid clutter and clamor

It is very distracting for another person to indulge in a conversation with you if your surroundings aren’t peaceful and clutter-free. In fact, it shows a lack of interest in the video chatting experience. Always ensure that you choose a quiet spot with a preferably plain background. Appearances also matter, so take care to look presentable. You needn’t be in your party best, but a clean outfit and well-combed hair is a must. This will not only make the other person feel special but will also help you enjoy an excuse to get out of your PJs and wear something more appealing.

  1. No multitasking

When video chatting, it is crucial to give all your attention to the person you are chatting with. It shows respect for the person and also allows you to focus on the call completely. Avoid attending to calls, answering emails or doing other household work during this time. This is your ‘me time’ so indulge in it completely.

  1. Check the audio and video settings

Webcams can be tricky. Always check your image on the laptop or iPad before you start the chat. For instance, you don’t want the other person to see just your nostrils and not your entire face. Sometimes the angle of the camera is wrong if kept too high or too low. Ensure that the camera is at the eye level as it will allow the other person to see your entire face clearly. Buy an external HD camera if you can to maximize image quality. Similarly, invest in a good microphone for proper audio clarity.

Meaningful conversations and interactions with people are much needed to bust stress for most people. When physical contact is near-impossible, video chatting platforms like Camfrog come to the rescue. They make face-to-face interactions as real as meeting people physically. They allow for socializing with known people and also making new bonds with strangers. Join any of the popular and safe video chatting platforms and get your social life back on track sans facemasks, handshakes, and dicey travels.

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Simple Ways To Keep Yourself Engaged During The Covid-19 Lockdown

With COVID-19 cases increasing exponentially and the whole world going into lockdown, it now seems like self-quarantine is the new norm. For most, the lines of professional and personal spaces are blurring as ‘work from home’ approaches gain momentum. Kids are also getting a taste of their future as online classes become ubiquitous. However, the adjustment can be difficult and with a lack of routine, it’s often hard to follow timelines. This can lead people to a sense of frustration and despondency. Additionally, being confined in a closed space with no option of getting out is annoying at best. This is not the time to let yourself be swayed by negative feelings; instead, one needs to use the time productively. Here are some ways in which you can keep yourself and your loved ones engaged constructively.

  1. Stay virtually connected through video chat

With travel completely prohibited or greatly restricted for most people right now, it’s tough to reach out to family and friends. Thanks to technology, though, there are ways to be in touch with them. Virtual connection using video chat is one strategy to be close to your near and dear ones. With it, you can not only talk to your family and friends but also see them in close-to-real time. Visual contact helps alleviate bad moods, bring people closer, and relieve concerns. Video chatting portals like Camfrog offer seamless video chat options to link you with both known and unknown people.

If you are feeling lonely during this self-quarantine phase and want to make new friends, just sign up on any of these video chat platforms and find like-minded people. All you have to do is download the app, create a profile, set your filters and start looking. Just ensure that you have a good internet connection with decent speed and a smart gadget to download the program.

These video chat platforms are some of the best ways to keep boredom at bay. Connecting with people to discuss your worries and woes can also be a way to deal with all the stress surrounding the pandemic. You can use it to have stimulating conversations. Additionally, platforms like Camfrog offer public chat rooms that you can join to connect with many new people at one time. These platforms are an excellent place to have interesting debates and discussions; and share images, videos and audio, making conversations feel more like they are face-to-face.

  1. Read to your heart’s content

Quite often, we are so engrossed in our daily routine of managing our jobs, homes, and families that we forget to have a good time. However, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, most people are locked down in their homes. With nowhere to go and no social obligations to follow, you can take time out for yourself and spend it in the company of books, something you may not have found time for in a while.

If you are an avid reader, get all your books off their dusty shelves and read to your heart’s content. Those of you new to reading will find that the internet is filled with endless good option, with both physical and digital copies. Just pick one that catches your eye and get started. Choose an ebook or audiobook and you don’t even have to find shelf space to store them!

  1. Watch your favourite shows on Netflix

Make use of technology and stream your favorite shows on Netflix. You can pick your favorite show or movie from a variety of genres and indulge in some binge-watching with a bowl of popcorn as company.

Remember, these days of not having too much to do will not last forever, so make the most of it. If you do not have Netflix, the internet is full of sources to find films and watch them with your family. In fact, you can plan your weekends with back-to-back shows or have a movie marathon with some delectable home-cooked food. With proper lighting and setting, it can give you the feel of sitting in a movie hall.

  1. Attend virtual events

During normal times, it can be tough to accommodate events in your busy schedule, but thanks to home quarantine, you have the opportunity to attend different virtual events organized by friends, brands, and bands you love. In fact, due to the present condition, many interesting webinars and workshops are being conducted online to keep people productive. You can attend cooking classes, join an art workshop, or enroll for meditation sessions without having to worry about the logistics of a physical space. Simply sit in the comfort of your home and slot in time to attend any interesting and intellectually stimulating workshops you discover. You will not regret it!

  1. Join online hobby classes

We all have hobbies that we have tried to nurture before starting our professional lives, but owing to our work schedules and home commitments we often forget about them. Now that you are at home with no office to go to, it is a good time to get back to that hobby and pursue it. So pick up your old guitar, tune it and join some online guitar lessons to hone your skills, or indulge in candle making or photography lessons. There are innumerable choices available through online platforms like Udemy, Coursera, edX, etc with both paid and free options. All you need to do is pick your favorite and start immediately.

  1. Revisit shelved projects/plans

Take out that unfinished project that you once started with all enthusiasm but could never complete because of paucity of time. Finish writing that book you began years ago and finally get it published. Add another feather to your cap by revitalizing an old piece of furniture. Anything works, we promise. And don’t forget the immense satisfaction you’ll feel after finishing with something you had left halfway done!

  1. Network

With social distancing, people are spending a great deal of time on varied social media platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and others. Take advantage of this and use it to build contacts. Create new accounts if you don’t have them already and make your social media presence stronger. A lot of people are taking to the virtual medium to spread awareness about COVID-19 best practices and are using this medium to expand their platforms. You can also use it to reach out to people from your professional field and create a network. Who knows, it might help later on in bagging some good projects!

  1. Indulge in cooking

It is said that cooking is therapeutic, so why not use the time in self-quarantine to learn some new dishes or cuisines? Revisit those cook books you bought years ago but never found time to actually experiment with. Many online platforms are offering cooking courses at discounted prices at the moment, so enroll in them or simply download the recipes from the internet. You could even plan a candlelight dinner with something exquisite right at home and give your family another reason to smile during this challenging time. Try making cooking a family activity and include your partner and children in your culinary experiments. Not only will they learn something new, it will be a great way to spend time together as a family. From simple homemade cakes to delicious pasta and pizzas, home cooking can be a lot of fun.

  1. Bond with family

Very often, we get so engrossed in our busy work life that we forget to take time out for our loved ones. Even home commitments can be too many to really enjoy time with family. Now that work is going at a slower pace and there are no meetings to rush to or air travel to catch, it is an excellent time to bond with family. Do activities as a family and make this time in quarantine count. Indulge in board games, cook with your kids and have a picnic in your backyard, start some DIY projects involving all members of the family, or simply watch a movie together. There is a plethora of options that you can explore to come together as a family.

  1. Exercise the bad feelings out

When you exercise, you release happiness hormones, so why not get rid of all the negativity, lethargy, and boredom with some workout routines. You might not be able to go out for walks or runs in the park or even attend your favorite yoga class, but as they say, where there is a will, there is a way.

Many experts have started online workout sessions at discounted prices— from yoga and pilates to Zumba and many others. Pick your favorite and enroll for a class right away. You can also download a good workout routine from Pinterest or any other online portal and do a mix of exercises. Select a new form daily. It will add to the novelty and also keep you motivated. You could also have a group workout session with your friends through online video chat platforms like Camfrog. It will give you that much needed motivation to push your limits and keep at it day after day while simultaneously making the workout session all the more fun.

  1. Dance away your blues

Dancing is an excellent way to boost your mood. Not only does it help overcome your worries, but it also sets the course for the coming few days. You can play your favorite songs and dance away your blues all by yourself for that endorphin rush, or get your family to join in and make it a fun family activity.

You could also enroll in an online dance class and learn a new form of dance. You can even get your spouse to be your partner and make the most of your time together. Any of the latin dances like the salsa, tango, or even the jive is great couples dances to learn. They are easy and fun. Moreover, in the bargain you could lose some weight and also learn a new skill!

  1. Organize and clean

If you have been waiting for one free weekend in the past few months to clear all your cupboards and re-organize them, but haven’t found the time to do so, now is that time. Go room by room and clear out all the junk that has been stacked away in lofts and shelves forever, clean the cupboards, and throw out old stuff that has been lingering. Clearing out clutter is also therapeutic. You can get your kids and partner to help you too.

Once you have cleaned out the rooms, you can take on rearranging household items like sofas, chairs, television, showpieces and others to give your home a makeover and a fresh new look without buying a thing.

  1. Indulge in gardening

Being one with nature is a great stress buster. Give some time to your lawn. Trim the hedges, weed the grass, plant new flowers, or re-arrange your existing pots. Get your children to help you with this activity. Not only will they learn something new but they will also understand the importance of nature. It is a great family activity.

If you have any garden books, now is the time they can come in handy. If not, the internet can be your best friend. There are a lot of easy-to-do videos to manage lawns on YouTube. Learn from them and apply that learning to your soon to be luscious garden.

With so many things to do, you are sure to find one that keeps you occupied in a productive manner. However, when all is said and done, don’t feel pressured to be productive. In the words of Fay Lin, a mental health advocate, “It is okay to struggle with productivity, mourn the experiences that were canceled due to social distancing, and feel anxious about the uncertainty.” Use this time to hit the reset button on your life. Long working hours, late nights, unending travel commitments, missed deadlines, working weekends, and boring social obligations: your life has probably been a mix of all these things since your career began. Now that you have the time, why not take a break? Focus on yourself and your loved ones, consciously practice self-care, video chat with friends — consider this a time to rejuvenate and recharge yourself.