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Is Skype a risk?


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:52 PM

Is Skype a risk, for privacy or security protection? Is it the same risk as any Yahoo, AIM, Windows IM, Google Talk, GTalk, or like those? I tried various internet searches to try to learn about these and Skype but I do not understand these programs well and never yet used them. Skype is one of the popular ones, common for teaching and learning languages and international communications like having telephone call but with video and voice/audio, but the company that produces and supplies Skype seems too mysterious. Would also there be some interferences to/with other products installed on the computer? I wish too, that there were a good online forum to discuss Skype, as there are for some of the other kinds of commercial software products.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:57 PM

but the company that produces and supplies Skype seems too mysterious.

Yeah Microsoft has been accused of being mysterious. But Skype is an Internet protocol communication product. So you are connected and any proactive measure you would undertake using MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Trillian, Pidgen et al. You also apply to Skype.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

Just be mindful of links sent over any instant messaging application. This will insure at most a very secure practice. If you get a link from a friend on Skype, then call them up and verify that they sent it.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:59 PM

Now that M$ owns it,I WOULDNT USE IT FOR ANY REASON!!!!! (If i could @ all help it)

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:53 AM

I've been using Skype for quite some time and generally from my personal experience, it is somewhat more secure than Yahoo Messenger (as i sometimes get mysterious contacts added as well as spam). I don't usually get spam while using Skype and for me its features are better than Yahoo Messenger.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:51 AM

Now that M$ owns it,I WOULDNT USE IT FOR ANY REASON!!!!! (If i could @ all help it)

As far as international calls are concerned, I use Vopium which for monthly fee of just 10,29 gives you 2000 minutes worth of calls from either a mobile, or a landline. You can pay in other currencies as well.

For video calls, I use WLM which is totally free of course.

As for Skype, they're all too frequently in the news for all the wrong reasons:



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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:19 AM

Skype is only attacked, because it uses port 80 and port 443 for traffic, if it used other ports ISP's could better control access.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:56 PM

I don't think there is much risk. As there is always risk of privacy when you use the internet like facebook or any other website.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:06 PM

I've used Skype on the computer since Skype was introduced in the states.

I have had a Skype portable phone (that has worked flawlessly) for 9 months.
No computer required....wired to cable modem thru switch.
Use Skype at home on your Cordless Phone - Skype

I want Skype to stay around. $5 a month for phone number, unlimited calling to States, Canada and many extras
such as caller ID, missed call, voice message, etc. I don't think can be beat.
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