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. (See accessibility notes below.)
Mumble "Clients" (your application, as opposed to the "Mumble Server" application on our web server) are available for Linux, Mac, Windows, and iOS — and available for Android (via the application Mumla). Information and clients are available at http://mumble.info
You choose your own username/handle in the Mumble chat. The coaching room will be private with an "Access Token" (password) required for entry.
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 Mumla
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 before logging in — or you can disconnect and reconnect if you have trouble getting into the session room.
Double click on
Lounge - Text Chat Only 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.
If your device is reading every text message that can be very disruptive. Disable Text-to-Speech feature to stop this:
- in the Configure menu - toggle "Text-to-Speech".
- Mumla (Android)
- in the Settings under the "General" tab there's a "Text-to-Speech" checkbox to turn it off.
- seems off or unavailable by default.
Texting the Channel
- Where you type is labeled "Type message to <channel name> here."
- There is a tab or toggle between showing the users in the channel ("Server"), and the chat from the channel at the top of the screen ("Messages").
Mic & Speakers
Yes, the wording sucks.
- Use the icons of microphone self-unmute (toggle the mic) or the headphones to self-undeafen (toggle the mic & speakers).
- Use the hamburger menu while on the "Server" tab to select self-unmute (toggle the mic) or self-undeafen (toggle the mic & speakers).
Note the mic tends to be very sensitive in Mumble. There are configuration options to play around with the mic sensitivity so it picks up less background noise. Also using headphones and/or earbuds can help eliminate feedback from the speakers to the mic so people don't hear themselves as they talk.
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.
- Who is using audio or text may need to change if participants' accessibility needs make it difficult to use an audio/text chat platform. For example if there are blind members of the audience, we can all do voice, or if there are deaf participants we can all do text. If there are both in the same session we will have to be extremely creative and as flexible as possible to accommodate everyone.
- 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.
- The chat room "Access Token" (password) required for entry will be given to participants by email from the same plural-owned server (our server hosts our websites and personal email addresses).
- This is the best way we could figure out to ensure participant's 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.
- Our Mumble server does not log chat or record audio (by default). Note that students (and me as instructor) may click the Record button in Mumble if available or copy/paste the chats — so we cannot guarantee your privacy from other students in the chat! However, there will be no centralized automated recordings.
- We Crisses are likely to record our own audio on external equipment for our own purposes (review, transcription, notes, or resale as a stand-alone product if we're doing a lecture). If you are using audio, we will not use your audio. We will record ourselves with an outside device and use headphones to reduce the chance of the mic picking your voice up.
- We require everything be confidential. Your privacy and confidentiality is up to the participants in the exchanges as well. Always be mindful of how much you share and that anything you say could be repeated or copied to outside of this small group environment.
- 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. We are trying our best to ensure everyone's security and privacy, but some of it is out of our hands.