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Skype Security and Safety Tips for beginners

We have seen how to setup and use Skype to make FREE calls. Once you have set it up, before you start using it, there are a few precautions you need to take in order to stay safe online while using Skype.

The Internet can be a dangerous place and one must be very careful while interacting with the person at the other end. There used to be a time when people advised that we needed to tell our kids to be careful when on the net, but well, things are different. Kids are smart these days! Nevertheless it would be a good idea to caution you kids as well as you grand-parents about the need to take a few precautions when on Skype

Here are a few Security and Safety Tips for Skype.

  1. First and foremost choose and use a strong and unique password for your Skype account.
  2. Make sure that your Windows operating system, Skype and security software is up-to-date, always.
  3. Always authenticate the identity of the person at the other end; especially before discussing private or confidential details, such as your home address or sensitive work data.
  4. Always make sure you trust the website or person at the other end before giving out sensitive information like you personal details. Again take care before giving out your credit card information to any websites which may claim to be reselling Skype products.
  5. To harden your security, you can update your preferences by opening Skype and clicking Tools > Options > Privacy. Here you can set your preferences for receiving communications.
  6. Your Skype profile acts as your calling card to millions of other people on Skype. So make sure you know what you want to give out there. Your email address is of course not given out but is securely stored by Skype. But the public parts of your Skype profile can be seen by everyone else on Skype. So do not put details here that you do not want everyone to see.
  7. Beware of fake emails, calls, etc. These could be simple phishing instances. Best to stay away from such contacts to avoid online fraud, spam, viruses and phishing attempts.
  8. While using Skype at work, it might be agood idea to have a list of known Skype Names for all colleagues.
  9. Whenever you log in to your Skype My Account page, please make sure that you use the secure URL :

EU approves Microsoft – Skype deal

Microsoft has won approval  from European regulators to buy the internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion.

Microsoft already had been cleared by U.S. antitrust regulators to complete its deal to buy Skype Global. So the EU approval seems like a pretty good bet.

The Commission considers that there are no competition concerns in this growing market where numerous players, including Google, are present.

“This is an important milestone, as we’ve now received clearance from both the United States and the European Union,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general council, said in a statement. “We look forward to completing soon the final steps needed to close the acquisition.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has pledged that, under Microsoft, Skype would continue to support Google’s Android and Apple’s Mac OS X platforms.

Microsoft is buying the European-based internet calling service from an investor group led by Silver Lake that included eBay Inc.

New Skype betas for Windows, Nokia phones

eBay may have recently sold off Skype to the highest bidder, but the VoIP app for desktop and mobile is still in development.

On Thursday, Skype announced Skype 4.2 for Windows beta and a new beta build for Symbian phones. Skype 4.2 beta for Windows desktop users is small as updates go, reinstating Skype Access–a Wi-Fi hot spot connector–and call transferring that Skype had removed when overhauling its app and updating to version 4 (now in version 4.1), a build that includes screen sharing.

You can scrutinize the full release notes here.

In addition to tightening up Skype for the desktop, the company announced it will issue a limited beta release for Symbian Series 60 handsets. There’s compatibility for 17 Nokia handsets at launch, with use on more phones on the way.

The feature set is basic at present, with just the following features in place:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype calling
  • Call phones with Skype credits or subscription
  • Receive calls on your Online Number
  • Instant Messaging
  • Group conversations
  • File sending and receiving
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Sale of Skype finalized

eBay, the online auction giant and owner of the popular Skype software has finally sold Skype and the deal is complete. A message on the official Skype blog from company President Josh Silverman reads:

“Great news – we’ve closed the deal with the new investors. The investor group is led by Silver Lake, and includes Andreessen Horowitz, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Joltid Limited and our founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis.

The deal valued Skype at $2.75B US, with eBay retaining approximately 33% of Skype, and the investor group led by Silver Lake controlling the remaining 65%.Our journey continues: say hello to the future!”

eBay originally purchased Skype back in September 2005 for $3.1 billion and struggled to find a way to integrate the popular VOIP service into it’s business model. As the auction giant continued to look for ways to utilize the service with their exiting portfolio the value of Skype began to decline.

On September 1, 2009 the company had announced, “Today, Skype begins a new chapter. We’re spinning off from eBay to become an independent company once again”. It remains to be seen if the Skype will become a publicly traded company on the stock market or if there will be any significant changes to the business plan now that Skype has new owners.

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