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What are the risks associated with Skype?

Are companies like Skype safe for computer users? What risks should users be aware of?

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My biggest compliant with Skype right now is the amount of SPAM messages that are popping up when my Skype window is open. While Skype is a great chat tool, I have found in many instances that the voice side is not usable depending on the internet connection available. It is going to be like any other direct communication tool – you can share files, photos, etc. So of course, there is always the risk of viruses and spyware within the files transferred.

This was first published in July 2007

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