Latest Skype security Stories

Skype Under Investigation in Luxembourg Over Ties to NSA
2013-10-12 08:59:05

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Microsoft-owned Internet Voice Over IP (VoIP) service Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg’s data protection commission over its alleged secret links to the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Prism spy program, The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday. The Internet chat company could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, which may include a ban on passing users’ communications covertly to the...

Microsoft Updates Skype For Android 4.0
2013-07-02 12:40:38

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you have an Android handset or tablet, you may have noticed that Skype updated this morning. That's because Microsoft updated with Skype for Android 4.0. The makeover is modeled somewhat after the new Skype app built for Windows 8, with a much more graphical interface. The new Skype app has a similar look to the PC version, as well as the Windows Phone 8 version, and makes it easy to start a conversation with a contact either by...

Skype Messages Are Not Safe From Snooping
2013-05-21 12:39:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Technology news website Ars Technica says it discovered that Microsoft may be snooping into those private messages being sent over Skype. The tech website found that the Microsoft-owned service regularly scans messages for signs of fraud and then holds on to that information indefinitely. The site utilized the skills of security researcher Ashkan Soltani to look into just how secure Skype's message service really is. Soltani was...

Skype Launches In-The-Browser Video Calling For Outlook
2013-04-30 12:33:32

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Video phones like those seen in numerous science fiction movies and TV shows such as “The Jetsons” still haven´t actually arrived, but Skype and Apple´s Facetime have been the next best thing. However, Facetime is still limited to Apple devices while Skype has required a proprietary client that necessitated a download. The Skype program would also have to run in the background. Last summer Microsoft...

Skype Could Face Penalties For Not Registering As A Telecom
2013-03-12 15:38:08

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For some, it may be hard to define Microsoft´s Skype business. The VoIP service works like a phone company by connecting one another via voice calls, yet it also uses the Internet, not traditional phone wire, to make these calls. According to the New York Times, French regulators believe Skype works more like a telephone company and has now asked prosecutors to investigate the business after it refused to register the...

Skype Finally Fixes Security Flaw In Its Software
2012-11-14 14:51:38

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For over two months, there has existed a large security hole in video chatting and messaging service Skype. Until today, hackers could break into any Skype account with only the target´s email address. Popular Website The Next Web first found mention of the flaw on Russian forums and have been able to replicate it on their own. The Next Web said it was shocking just how easy it was to break into one another´s...

Microsoft Gave Skype Ability To Snoop On Calls
2012-07-24 14:29:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Microsoft is stuck in another swarm of controversy again, with reports claiming that it now has the ability to spy on its users via Skype. Reports suggest that since Microsoft purchased Skype, the online video chat company, it has shifted its answer when asked whether it could conduct wiretaps. Skype has been known in the past to go on record saying it could not conduct wiretaps due to its "peer-to-peer architecture and encryption...

Skype Experiences Privacy Bug
2012-07-16 15:31:32

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It´s always embarrassing when you inadvertently send a text message to the wrong person, especially if the text is of a personal nature. This has been happening for some Skype IM users lately, and according to Engadget, they´re working on a fix for the ℠Bug” which is affecting an undetermined amount of users. “We are aware that in rare circumstances IM's between two contacts could be sent to an...

2012-06-24 23:01:52

Individuals who are faithful users of Skype's phone service are now able to send faxes with the addition of a simple fax service. Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) June 24, 2012 Millions of people use Skype on a daily basis as a convenient and free way to communicate. Not only is it simple to use, it is versatile, meaning that people can use to their advantage in a variety of unique ways, whether for business or personal reasons. For those who have become hooked on the tool of internet faxing, it's easy...

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