A simple and free (no download required) personal safety application created to reduce online fraud and misrepresentation.
The purpose of Video-Validate™ (“Vv”) is to enhance individual security by providing a way to make a simple request of someone you are interacting with online to provide a level of authentication using a 10 second self deleting video thereby helping to eliminate misrepresentation, fraud and “cat fishing”. A product of BCAST Labs and arriving Summer 2018, Vv is a SaaS/cloud web/mobile service to be used with ecommerce and "personals" sites/apps or in any situation where you are dealing with a stranger and require an extra layer of validation prior to an in-person meeting or financial transaction.
An example as follows:
On a dating site a member encounters someone in whom they are interested but wants to take one more step to ensure this individual is properly representing himself or herself. The member can send a “Video Validation” request to the individual by clicking on the Vv icon on that individuals dating site profile page (when available) or send a request directly through the Vv website. The Vv will arrive in the form of an email or text message. All information is anonymous. The Vv email contains instructions and a call to action "reply" button for creating a 10 second or less “introduce yourself” video that is date/time stamped and returned back to the requesting party through anonymous email. The Vv platform recognizes and accesses the camera on laptops/devices once the "reply" button is clicked. There is no app to download or settings to adjust. When the individual requesting the Vv views/plays the video it then self-deletes. There is no file/video stored. Further, The Vv platform will identify the individual’s general location with an “X miles away” identifier. (JaneDoe is apx: "x" miles away) However, Vv does NOT identify exact location as the closest distance Vv will identify is a 10 mile circumference. The purpose here not being to provide location but to reveal a grossly misrepresented location. Location is generated by long/lat of mobile device or IP address if the web.
The video is created by clicking on links embedded within the email that bring them to a video validate page which directly activates the camera on the device (after granted permission) from within the email. No application download is needed.
The individual preparing the video will have the ability to take as many videos as necessary before replying with the one they want (many takes until they hit approve and send)
The requesting party gets an email with the location data and Vv video link which-upon viewing-is immediately deleted.
Upon receiving a request, a member has 24 hours to respond or the request is considered rejected from which the requesting party can draw their own conclusions.
There is no cost or need to join or register to use Vv.
The intent is to create a web service that becomes a brand for validating online interactions with strangers and is adopted (free of charge) on a large scale by participating sites (i.e., Match, eHarmony, Tinder, Craigslist, etc)
"Someone is Interested in communicating-help us easily validate you"
Congratulations, You have received a request from JaneDoe to Video-Validate. This means that JaneDoe has an interest in you or a transaction you are considering and simply want’s to authenticate you a bit more. Don’t worry there is no cost or privacy issues.
Simply click on the “Reply” button below and you will be asked to create a 10 second or less video of yourself which when viewed self-deletes. No record is kept. This video will be sent back to JaneDoe with your general location identified. No location specifics are provided just that you are within “ X” number of miles away and the closest we will identify anyone is within 10 miles. When you click below we will ask permission to access the camera on your device-there is no app to download. Its that easy.
You will get as many tries as you like to get the video right before you reply. We think you shouldn't worry about production values or looking perfect. Just be your natural self if this is personal or include an item you are selling if applicable. This is about providing a level of comfort to the sender that you are genuine. And again, remember all information remains anonymous, nothing is stored and the video self deletes permanently after one viewing. If you need additional clarification feel free to visit our help section and ask us any questions at ww.validateme.live.
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