Vimeo's updated security measures could have an impact on your website.

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Changes Coming From Vimeo

  • Apr 25, 2023
  • By Marie J. Liebetrau, President, Potomac Digitek

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Today's a good day to remind you that PODI has you covered. Vimeo is implementing security enhancements that could impact videos embedded on your website and we're getting out in front of any issues.

Vimeo has long been used by many of our clients to deliver secure video content.

It's a great alternative to YouTube's very broad ownership policies and is perfect when you want to serve restricted videos to members or customers.

Last week Vimeo announced a security change that could have an impact on your videos hosted with them.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Good news for you...If PODI is hosting your website and has uploaded the videos to Vimeo for you, we're already taking care of this.
  • Vimeo's enhanced security impacts any video that was uploaded to their platform before September 2021. Those videos that were uploaded before September 2021 and are embedded on your website (or any other website) will need the embed code updated to continue to be viewable.
  • If you have your own Vimeo account, please contact your account executive at PODI so we can review your videos together and make sure you'll be in the clear.

The full text of the Vimeo message is below:

Dear Vimeo user,

At Vimeo, we are continuously enhancing our security standards to protect the privacy of your videos. In September 2021, we rolled out a security update that made new unlisted video embeds even harder for someone to discover if you haven’t shared the link with them. We are now extending that update to videos that were uploaded before September 2021, and asking users who want enhanced security to update their existing embed codes or change their video privacy settings.

You do not have to opt in to these enhancements, though we encourage you to do so. If you do nothing, we will automatically disable old embed codes on January 21, 2025.

More details on your options are below, or watch this video to learn more.

Option 1: Update your video embed codes.
To download your personalized list of affected videos and manually update their embed codes:

  1. Sign in to and navigate to Account Settings > Privacy.

  2. Look for the ‘Unlisted Link Embed Security’ section of the page. Here, you’ll find a downloadable list of all of your videos impacted by this update. The CSV will contain a link to the video, the video title, and a new embed code for you to use.

  3. Copy the new embed code from each affected video listed in the CSV file, and replace it on your sites.

  4. Once you’ve updated your embed codes, return to Account Settings > Privacy and toggle-on ‘Enable Retroactive Security Update.’ This will ensure all your new uploads include the privacy hash.

Option 2: Change your video privacy settings from “unlisted” to “password protected.”
For added security, you can change your affected videos to “password protected.” If you choose this option, you will not need to update your embed codes. However, your viewers will require a password to gain access to your videos wherever they are shared online.

Option 3: Do nothing.
Any videos that were uploaded before September 14, 2021 and set to unlisted will no longer be accessible through our embeddable player starting on January 21, 2025.

We understand that changing codes may represent some effort, which is why we’re giving you plenty of time to make adjustments to your videos. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Your Vimeo Team

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