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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #74. Manage Your Skype Privacy Settings

Manage your privacy settings to avoid being contacted by people with whom you don't want to speak or chat.

Works with: all versions of Skype.

You can think of Skype as a large online community of people that spans the globe. This can be a wonderful resource and an almost inexhaustible source of social contacts. However, if you value your privacy, or are simply less interested in the social aspects of Skype, use the advice in this hack to tailor your privacy settings so that you have the visibility within the Skype community that you desire.

Before I discuss the specifics of Skype's privacy settings, you need to understand how your online status, which is available to other Skype users, affects how you interact with others in the Skype online community:

Online (default)

You can make and receive calls, chat, and voicemail. You can also send and receive files. Who can contact you depends on your privacy settings.

Offline

This shuts down Skype's connection to the Internet, so no traffic flows between Skype running on your machine and the Skype network. This means you can't make and receive calls, chat, and voicemail. Nor can you send and receive files.

Skype Me

This is like hanging out a notice that says, "I'm here and I want to be contacted by the wider Skype community." This mode of being online disables all your privacy settings, but only for the period in which you are in Skype Me mode. Also, this is the only online status mode that you can use ...

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