BEACON TRANSCRIPT- In order to sort out the latest security issues, Microsoft has decided to release a new update for Skype. Thus, Skype latest version hides user’s IP, making him invisible to other users.
Microsoft’s decision of hiding the user’s IP comes after several Skype users have complained about being blackmailed or harassed online by unknown users who got hold of their IPs. The newest version of Skype blocks the user’s IP by default, thus solving a lot of privacy concern.
The Skype team released a statement in which they explained a couple of things regarding Microsoft’s decision of blocking the user’s IP. According to their statement, the new version of Skype and also the forthcoming version of the popular chat platform will have this option set by default.
The Skype team believes that nipping the problem from the bud will solve some of the problems regarding the breaches of privacy.
But, in order to understand Microsoft’s decision, one must look beyond the fact. What prompted Microsoft’s decision in the first place? What do these people use in order to discover our identity?
According to several reports on the internet, a person who is interested in finding out another person’s IP and subsequently its Skype nickname must download a little tool called an IP resolver.
How do these nifty tools work? Well, in order for someone to get a hold of your IP he must obtain an IP resolver. Using this program, he needs only to copy+paste your Skype username into a box. The software will automatically start searching for you online and then displays your IP on the same page. Other IP seeking tools can be employed in this situation, such as WHOIS.
Bear in mind, that a person can only find out your IP through Skype if you are running older versions of the platform. Moreover, he must be online to perform this maneuver.
IPs obtained this way can help users to download your personal information and even to pinpoint your location anywhere in the world. Even now there are a lot of users who complained about breaches of privacy. Most of them said that they’ve been harassed several times by unknown persons and some of them even reported cases of blackmailing.
What do you have to do in order to protect your identity? It’s pretty easy actually. Head on over to Skype’s official website and download the latest version of Skype. And be sure to this procedure for all devices you have. Moreover, you should also be thinking about buying a good antivirus, one that has malware protection.