Is Skype Secure for Therapy?

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In today’s modern world, we constantly communicate with each other digitally in order to stay connected. This is especially true since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Whether we were ready or not, we had no choice but to move most of our lives over to the digital world. Since therapy is a significant part of many peoples’ lives, it meant also having to make the shift from in-person therapy to virtual counseling via mobile app, which has experienced a surge in popularity due to the coronavirus.

One of the most common and simplest platforms for virtual therapy is Skype. However, for those unfamiliar with Skype, or those who simply want to know about the safety of a platform where they are sharing their personal information, it is natural to have questions about just how secure your online counseling is.

Is Skype Secure for Therapy?

The short answer is “yes.” The long answer is filled with technical jargon that Skype explains in order to give you peace of mind about the privacy of your online counseling sessions. “All Skype-to-Skype voice, video, file transfers and instant messages are encrypted. This protects you from potential eavesdropping by malicious users.” Additionally, “Skype uses the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), also known as Rijndael, which is used by the US Government to protect sensitive information, and Skype has for some time always used the strong 256-bit encryption. User public keys are certified by the Skype server at login using 1536 or 2048-bit RSA certificates.”

Essentially, your Skype therapy sessions are protected by government-level encryption in order to ensure that your confidential conversations remain that way: confidential. Whether your Skype therapy sessions are taking place via voice, video, or even instant messaging, you can rest assured that, just like in-person therapy, your session will be between just you and your practitioner.

If you need extra reassurance that Skype is secure for therapy, there is a whole security center that Skype has set up in order to provide additional information about how they keep your communications safe while you’re using their services. After all, the main goal of counseling is to improve mental wellness and quality of life — but that can’t be accomplished if you’re worrying about whether or not your therapy session is secure. However, once you see that Skype is indeed a secure platform for counseling, you’ll be able to relax and focus on what matters: the therapy itself.

We are all adapting to these ever-changing times, and that means that therapy might look a little different than it once did. Nevertheless, there are always positives to be found. For example, you can find comfort in the knowledge that while your counseling is virtual, it is still personal. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that you can enjoy therapy from the comfort of your couch. In pajamas. What’s not to like about that?

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Alexis Dent is an essayist, author, and entrepreneur. Her work is primarily focused on mental illness, relationships, and pop culture. You can find her writing in Washington Post, Greatist, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and more.
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