Skype security tips

You might have heard that Microsoft is in the process of buying Skype, the popular Internet video and voice communications company. We thought this would be a good time to show you how to be more secure and help protect your privacy when you use Skype.

Here are our top tips:

  1. Adjust your privacy settings to fit your needs. To update your settings on a Windows computer, open Skype and click Tools > Options > Privacy.
  2. Protect your Skype account with a strong password. Use at least 8 characters and a mix of symbols, numbers, and letters. Get more tips on creating strong passwords.
  3. Beware of fake emails. Cybercriminals often send fake emails that appear to come from legitimate companies (like Microsoft and Skype.) Neither Microsoft nor Skype will ever send an email that asks for personal information like your passwords or a credit card number.

 More information about how Skype helps protect your online safety, security, and privacy.


About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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    Really this is one nice idea to use Skype Password.

  2. Anonymous

    Our time is being wasted by asking comments for nothing

    Let it happen and things will be clear

    Rather I too opened this "Skype security tip

    Foolish use of Internet

  3. Anonymous

    Hopefully Microsoft can find a way to do something about the constant IP calls that Skype makes to China, Holland, Moldavia etc. Numerous daily attempts to contact outside IP addresses plus incoming IP attempts at all hours of the day, many late at night.  Completely removed Skype and all activity stopped.  When I re-installed a couple weeks later it started right up again.  Skype's Support team claim they know nothing about it.

  4. Anonymous

    This is stating the obvious and wastes nearly anybody's time.

  5. Anonymous

    I have followed the instructions for accessing the Privacy screen, but I cannot find anywhere in there which allows me to access an area to enter password details.

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