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Is it real that Skype may be eavesdropped?

Hello, I've heard recently that there are lots of special software, that may steal the data you send via Skype. They work as trojan apps and you can infect your PC, laptop, smartphone or even tablet over the internet. Is it true and if it is yes, how can I stop it?

Hello, Patrick!

We at Jammer-Store may tell you that it is real. Unfortunately, as long as Skype will stand as the most convenient way of communication over the web – there will be literary millions of such applications. You know, people tend to send really sensitive data via Skype, and discuss serious topics, because they believe that Skype is totally safe. But you should know that it is not.

First of all you should know that Microsoft has the right to check your correspondence, not only with automated algorithms, but manually as well, so be careful. You can read more here, at our personal security blog. Also, there are lots of apps, that are able to intercept Skype traffic. To avoid them simply use an antivirus and avoid suspicious sites. And if you are using mobile Skype application on your smartphone it would be wise to avoid third party app vendors, always check app's permissions, before installing them and keep away form wireless hotspots.

You should know that as long as Wi-Fi is rather vulnerable, it is better to avoid free public Wi-Fi hotspots, because hackers may be able to intercept your traffic and even decrypt it. And it may sound as complicated as rocket science, but it is not. Another thing you can do is to jam mobile internet, if you are using mobile Skype app. In that case any malware won't be able to transmit gathered data, while you are not using your device.

Thank you for your question, I hope, I've managed to help.

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