• Technology in Practice: Part 1
August 2013

Joe Wyrembelski is co-founder and technical and security lead at Lift Pattern, makers of Practice Kit.  In his daily work, Joe fields questions from coaches and counselors about the best ways to protect their privacy and those of their clients online.

In this first of a series of calls on technology in your practice, Joe will review the basics of encryption and confidentiality and answer common questions he’s heard such as:

“Do I have to buy a new computer to practice online?”

“Is Skype / Gmail / AOL ‘secure enough’?”

“How can I be sure I’m secure?”

“Can the FBI/NSA spy on my communications?”

During this call Joe Wyrembelski from Practice Kit covered important things that you can do to ensure security and confidentiality for you and your clients.  In his next talk he’ll be speaking about the things that your technology providers (and you as providers using technology) are responsible for; the questions you can ask to ensure they are on top of things; and how you can participate in achieving and maintaining compliance with HIPAA, FERPA, HiTech, etc.

Links to software Recommended in this Call

Ethical Framework for the Use of Technology in Coaching
A set of minimum standards and practices a coach working online must always adhere to in order to be considered to be working in an ethical manner. (link)

This great article from LifeHacker explains the difference and gives some good recommendations. Specifically, they recommend using a combination of Avast andMalwarebytes.

Password Managers
This article from How-To Geek, “Why you should use a Password Manager and How to get started”, reiterates much of what I covered about using a Password Manager and gives links and screenshots to help you along.

Data Encryption
These articles from How-To Geek do a great job of walking you through the basics of securing your dropbox folder.

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