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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #77. Avoid Skype "Spammers"

Skype, like any other online service, has its dark side. Here are some tips on how to avoid spammers.

Works with: all versions of Skype.

Unless you have incredibly restrictive Skype privacy settings, you will at some time or another experience some form of unwanted attention from spammers. The term spammer, as used in this hack, is a person who contacts you (or attempts to contact you, possibly repeatedly) by voice (phone calls or voicemail messages), chat, or file transfer and who wants something from you. Characteristically, this attempt to communicate with you is unsolicited on your part.

Fortunately, Skype provides several tools to thwart spammers. These, in combination with some common sense, can do a lot to make spammers only an occasional nuisance, rather than a continuous annoyance. Here's a checklist of things to do to thwart spammers:

  • Choose a sensible Skype name. Avoid anything provocative or that might attract unnecessary attention.

  • Configure your Skype privacy settings as described earlier in this chapter.

  • Control when you are online, by using your online status or by controlling when Skype runs. Never make your status "Skype Me," as that temporarily ignores your privacy settings.

  • If you have a SkypeIn number (which allows people with regular telephones to contact you), be careful whom you give it to. Also, add your number to a registry that lists your number as not wanting unsolicited calls from telemarketers. Such registries include https://www.donotcall.gov/ ...

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