‘Private’ Skype chat can be openly accessed by anyone in the know

Osiris sends –

Microsoft Reads Your Skype Chat Messages

An anonymous reader writes –
“A Microsoft server accesses URLs sent in Skype chat messages, even if they are HTTPS URLs and contain account information. A reader of Heise publications notified Heise Security (link to German website, Google translation). They replicated the observation by sending links via Skype, including one to a private file storage account, and found that these URLs are shortly after accessed from a Microsoft IP address. When confronted, Microsoft claimed that this is part of an effort to detect and filter spam and phishing URLs.”

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/05/14/1516247/microsoft-reads-your-skype-chat-messages

Gordon adds –

It’s important to realise that tools like Facebook Chat, Google Talk and Skype do not respect your privacy. They store everything you type when chatting to your friends and make it impossible for you to have a private conversation without others such as corporations or governments listening in. Jitsi allows you to call and chat with your friends while preserving your privacy with the best cryptographic methods available. These are; Off The Record for text chat and ZRTT for voice calls. Jitsi is a free software which means it does not restrict your freedom in any way.

https://jitsi.org/

https://jitsi.org/Main/Download

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhmOg0G-Frw

COMMENT –

Storing information/data on ‘The Cloud’ is also suicide as your data is not protected/secure.

Most people never read the small print/waiver which you sign when you sign up to ‘The Cloud’.

The internet has it’s uses… but it also has it’s abuses too.

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3 Responses to “‘Private’ Skype chat can be openly accessed by anyone in the know”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s important to realise that tools like Facebook Chat, Google Talk and Skype do not respect your privacy. They store everything you type when chatting to your friends and make it impossible for you to have a private conversation without others such as corporations or governments listening in. Jitsi allows you to call and chat with your friends while preserving your privacy with the best cryptographic methods available. These are; Off The Record for text chat and ZRTT for voice calls. Jitsi is a free software which means it does not restrict your freedom in any way.

    https://jitsi.org/

    https://jitsi.org/Main/Download

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhmOg0G-Frw

    Gordon.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Storing information/data on ‘The Cloud’ is also suicide as your data is not protected/secure.

    Most people never read the small print/waiver which you sign when you sign up to ‘The Cloud’.

    The internet has it’s uses… but it also has it’s abuses too.

  3. Ren says:

    We should really be careful of what we send and talk about in our conversations because of hacking. I do practice conversation german skype at http://preply.com/en/german-by-skype and I always worry that maybe someone is listening.

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