How to handle spam and unwanted contacts in Skype

Many of us know what to do in order to make a Skype video call, but we probably don’t spend much time checking out our Skype account privacy profiles and settings. It’s a good thing to do, in general, but especially to ward off spam, phishing attempts and unwanted contacts.

Using Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Mac and Skype for Linux, you can control privacy settings for your account, writes Matthew de Beer. You can’t change those settings in mobile versions, but when you change your settings in the desktop versions of Skype, they apply to your account no matter what device you sign into, he writes.

There are some users who abuse the free nature of Skype to send unwanted contact requests to others. “The best thing to do if you’re the recipient of an unwanted contact request is to block that user and report them for abuse,” he writes. “It may seem like those reports disappear into a black box, but that information is crucial to us in keeping the bad guys out of Skype.”

To learn more about how to check your Skype profile and settings, head over to the Skype Tips & Tricks Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff