Skype- Security Risk?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by aigle, Apr 8, 2006.

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  1. aigle

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    Hello,
    I see no indication of traffic by Skype when not used. And p2p...?
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    I can't say I would call it a security risk..... but after reading the eula I would never install it. Unless it's been changed you are agreeing to allow your machine to be a hub in there traffic network. This means your computer is acting as a server for them. Not that big a deal UNLESS, they were hacked and then who knows.

    My other objection is a while back some credit card theives used stolen cards to charge a lot of services on Skepe. That wasn't there fault of course, but when the owners of the cards contacted Skepe for help they never even got a response. Thats not good.

    I prefer to just pay for my phone calls.
     
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    Acc to article, it,s hard to detect!
     
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    Even when u are not using it?
     
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    The EULA didn't specify that, so I assume if your computer is online, they might be using it. I chose not to experiment. If you are contemplating using it at this point, I'd read the EULA very carefully.

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    I was planning to use it but now I will not.
     
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    Hello,
    It's not hard to detect. And even if it were - some details, reports, analyses, something?
    First, I never noticed it tried to dial when not in use.
    Second, when I used it on a computer that connects through other computers, I never noticed it phoning home except when explicitly used for communications. I even went as far as ethereal, and did not find anything evil.
    And what's Skype got to do with p2p?
    Unless of course, the article follows the mantra - free - evil - p2p - mpia - riaa - big brother - etc. I guess there would be a lot more - more substantiated articles about the evils of Skype if they existed.
    Now if you really wanna be paranoid, don't use Windows either. Or WMP. Or anything...
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    Never tested, never checked. But I did read the EULA and at the time, that was enough for me to opt out.
     
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