Your Privacy & Security for Group Programs
After much consideration, we have decided to run workshops and courses hosted on our own secure/encrypted Mumble server. Students will participate in a chat dialogue only by default and may choose an anonymous "handle" or username for the sessions to help obscure their identity from other participants. Our content will be delivered live in audio only with Mumble chat links to any visual files or downloads/homework needed to support the course.
Mumble "Clients" (your application) are available for Linux, Mac, Windows, and iOS — and available for Android (via the application Plumble). Information and clients are available at http://mumble.info
The server running Kinhost.org/Liberated Life Coaching's Mumble is a dedicated hosting Linux server run by The Crisses & their long-term plural partner as the administrators. Our Mumble server does not log chat or record audio (by default). Students (and me as instructor) may click the Record button in Mumble if available or copy/paste the chats — but there will be no centralized automated recordings. I am likely to record my own audio for my own purposes (review, or resale as a stand-alone product if we're doing a lecture).
You choose your own username/handle in the Mumble chat. The room will be private with an "Access Token" required for entry that will be given to participants by email from the same server (our server hosts our websites and personal email addresses).
This is the best way to ensure security. If we deal with Discord, What's App, Facebook groups, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Free Conference Call, or anyone else's software — especially corporate-owned software — we can't ensure any level of privacy or security whatsoever. Like everything, though, your privacy is up to the participants in the exchanges. If you do not want to participate in the live course due to privacy concerns, you may ask to be on a waiting list for downloadable versions of the course, get our books, use our free tools (all through Kinhost.org), or keep checking back for when something new is posted.
Identities of participants will be kept confidential, participants can make up their own username on the server. Questions being answered may be repeated for visually impaired participants. If all participants use a pseudonym in the chat, and don't use system members' names, it will help protect everyone's identity. We will avoid stating who asked a question if we repeat it for the recording or accessibility reasons, or edit them out before anything is distributed.
Mumble Client applications
iOS — use Mumble by Mikkel Krautz
Android — use Plumble
Mac, Linux & Windows, see "Stable Release" at http://mumble.info
How to use Mumble the first time
After installing the software on your device or computer, and running it — it should request connection information for the server you want. If the "Public Internet" list is open, you can just hide that list — click
Add New… or if there's a
+ button use that.
Add new server:
Port (leave default): 64738
If you "register" your username, only the device you're on will use that username. So for example if I want to log on on a different device I could use "Crisses-d" for desktop "Crisses-i" for my iphone.
I'm requiring "registration" of usernames to get full rights of a user on the server. If you want to come in and check out the Lounge for non-registered & registered user chats, that's fine. I'll be setting up rooms for online events that require having a registered user on the server.
Self -> Register to register your username with the server.
Passwords or "Access Tokens"
If you've been given a special password to get into a room, make sure to add it under
Server -> Access Tokens.
Double click on
Lounge - Chat for general discussion in an open forum or to talk to unregistered users.
If you're enrolled in a special course, find the correct room, make sure you have added the Access Token to your Mumble application, and double click on the correct room to enter it.
Getting on in the Future
When you log in you should be teleported to the room you were last in. If the room is now gone because a class is over, you may have to manually enter the
Lounge - Chat again. Double click on the room you want to enter.