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VSee Beats Skype for Telehealth – myhomehelper for Dementia, Head Injuries, Learning Difficulties

“The auto-answer video calling feature of my software was originally provided by Skype.  However, after years of on-going issues, poor quality calls and finally the removal of a key function with Skype,  I decided to look for an alternative solution. After being disappointed by a couple of other products I…

VSee: Free Secure Skype Alternative for Video Conference – Comparison

Skype alternative VSee vs. Skype: Free Group Video + Fast Screen Share As secured Skype alternative, VSee, we are huge fans of Skype, what its founders were able to do, and what its engineering team continues to do even as we point out its group video conference and screen share…

VSee vs. Skype: Three Key Differences

Oklahoma Doctor Gets Busted for Using Skype for Telemedicine

Guest post: Mike Stinebiser, medical technology sales and business development at AirInSpace. Just as the September 23 enforcement deadline of the new HIPAA rules arrives, The Oklahoman reports a case of a doctor who did not take heed of state health regulations for practicing telemedicine.  Dr. Thomas Trow is being disciplined…

Skype Risks – Putting Your Privacy in Microsoft’s Hand

Skype telemedicine users, here’s more bad news for you when it comes to Skype privacy. The H Security team recently found evidence that Microsoft does make use of their Skype security policies to read users’ text chats.  As they put it “Anyone who uses Skype has consented to the company…

4 Reasons to Think Twice About Using Skype for Telehealth

Alarmist articles on Skype security risks for telehealth abound. The question is whether using Skype for telehealth really poses that serious of a security problem? Psychiatric Times weighed in on the issue with a well-cited article Telepsychiatry: The Perils of Using Skype, co-authored by the executive director of the TeleMental Health Institute, Marlene…

Skype Worm Hosts Bitcoin Mining Slaves

Skype users beware.  Last week, TheNextWeb reported a new Skype malware that has been spreading at 2000 clicks per hour. The malware tries to convince Skype users to click on a link, unloading a Bitcoin mining application into your system. Cyber criminals use the the Bitcoin mining malware to mine…

Why not Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts Video for Telehealth?

CNET recently featured a news article on how VSee helps maintain patient privacy for telemedicine. One commenter contended: “Why not just use FaceTime, Skype, Google Video, or whatever the patient already uses for video calls with friends & family…. My concern is that healthcare practitioners might slow telehealth adoption by forcing…

Challenges of Skype and Google Hangouts for MOOCs

Guest Post by Sankalp Garud – a 16-year-old problem solver, math whiz, online learning evangelist and entrepreneur.  You can watch his educational videos on http://YouTube.com/tapthetech I’m glad I can write this post at a time when the education system seems to be in a transition phase. With the development of great free online…

Health Care Beware: Using Skype, Google, WebEx Could Get You a $1.5M HIPAA Fine

With the updated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Final Rule going into effect starting next week, March 26, 2013, health care entities and health vendors will want to start looking into the way they manage patients’  protected health information, so they don’t get hit with a nasty fine. The final…

Don’t Even Think About Skype For Health Care

Skype is not the tool for telehealth and telemedicine where HIPAA compliancy is a concern or any application where you care about security. Skype has always been close about whether it keeps decryption keys and Skype security and privacy concerns have grown since its 2011 Microsoft acquisition. In a recent…

Skype Email Security Leak – Another Reason To VSee

Skype vulnerabilities are always cropping up. The newest Skype security leak was all over the tech news this week.  Apparently, its create-a-new-account procedure coupled with its password-reset procedure allowed anyone to take over another person’s Skype account just by knowing that person’s email address.  The Next Web actually reproduced the…

Skype/Microsoft Will Kill Polycom by 2017, Polycom Rolls Out New Cloud Video Conference Offering to Stay Alive

Last week was a big week for Polycom as it drummed up business with a bunch of new video conference offerings.  Perhaps the biggest eye-catcher was its RealPresence CloudAXIS suite, aimed to help Polycom cash in on the mobile trend in enterprise video conferencing. According to Jim Kruger, senior VP…

If FaceTime Gives Me A Double-Chin, Does Skype Make Me Look Fat?

6 Most Common Skype Interview Mistakes

You’ve just landed your first job interview by video conference, and you haven’t a clue what to do.  Never fear! We’ve gathered 12 expert job interview tips from our seasoned VSee interviewers. This week, we’re  sharing 6 of the most common video conference job interview mistakes they’ve seen people make.  Continue…

Blue Jeans = Skype + Polycom: Water And Oil Don’t Mix

photo credit: bitjungle Blue Jeans Network is a hot video conferencing startup that has been gaining a lot of attention even since before the public release of its product earlier this year.  They raised $23M from a set of A-list investors with its cloud-based solution that aims to bridge any…

Ode To Skype

 

Sold! And Skype goes to…Microsoft?

Skype, after holding off on plans to launch an initial public offering IPO and amidst rumors of possible acquisition by Cisco, Google, and Facebook, is being acquired by Microsoft for an unsolicited offer of 8.5 billion in cash. Many analysts feel it’s a bit more than the company is worth…

Skype and Facebook

It could happen. There are rumors (according to Bloomberg) that the two have been chatting about it.  Skype users can already call and SMS Facebook friends, making video the next logical next step. Personally, this feels like a natural extension of Skype’s current incarnation as a consumer video calling tool.…

Skype and GoToMeeting, together at last?

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Skype and GoToMeeting (Citrix) are banding together to try and shore up each other’s weaknesses as collaborative business tools.  The former has begun asking $9 a month for group calling but has a limited screenshare and no collaborative tools; the latter charges even…