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Posted on 09/13/2010 8:25:09 PM PDT by pfflier

My sister-in-law just joined Skype and is trying to drum up contacts.

I am leery of anything "free" on the internet and see that Skype has some parts that are pay-to-use.

I also assume, like facebook, they may have porous security or may exploit their member's personal information.

Any opinions would be appreciated.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: internetsecurity; skype

1 posted on 09/13/2010 8:25:12 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: pfflier

I’m generally paranoid about my personal info, but don’t remember anything personal required for skype. It is a decent video communications tool.


2 posted on 09/13/2010 8:27:47 PM PDT by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: pfflier

I absolutely love Skype. Talk to my daughter in college frequently as well as my friend in Malta ... they both have cams so I get to see them as they type to me as well ...


3 posted on 09/13/2010 8:29:06 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: pfflier

used it daily when my daughter was attending school in philly - it was a valuable tool


4 posted on 09/13/2010 8:29:38 PM PDT by Revelation 911 (How many 100's of 1000's of our servicemen died so we would never bow to a king?" -freeper pnh102)
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To: pfflier

I have Skype, and a few old contacts on there, but have
used it only once or twice in the last three years.
I, along with most people, use Yahoo Messenger for chat, web cam, voice chats and messaging.
I also have MSN messenger, but it seems to be dying on the vine.


5 posted on 09/13/2010 8:30:18 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: pfflier

I use it a little. You can buy a card at Walmart to cover the Skype to phone charges without using a credit card. I use it on my PC and iPod touch.


6 posted on 09/13/2010 8:31:13 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: pfflier

Skype is owned by ebay. I know of know security problems. It would be no more secure or insecure than any VOIP or cell connection.

I DO get Skype Spam (about two per month). The video option works pretty well. I prefer a traditional phone over earpieces for regular conversations, so I also have a Belkin Skype phone (about $70) that operates independent of the computer. In fact, the Belkin Skype phone and the computer with the web cam conflict with each other for answering calls.

I do use the “buy a real phone number option”. That runs $6/month. Sound quality is usually decent though a noticeable delay is often present. Once set up, the service is not expensive, and is ideal for international calls or video calls to other Skypers.

It will work better with a low latency, high speed synchronous connection. That is, better on cable or high speed DSL than on over the air broadband or satellite.

Overall, more reliable than Vonage and works 90% as advertised.


7 posted on 09/13/2010 8:32:13 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: pfflier

Just like any other computer software, security holes will be found from time to time. Just make sure you keep it updated and have a good antivirus program.


8 posted on 09/13/2010 8:32:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: pfflier

I’ve only used it for seeing my new grandson and haven’t had any problems or received any “fees”.
Playing “peak-a-boo” scared him once, though.


9 posted on 09/13/2010 8:32:46 PM PDT by unkus
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To: pfflier

I love Skype! With 5 kids and 11 grandkids scattered around, it’s a great way to keep in contact. There are no phone charges involved with my usage of Skype.


10 posted on 09/13/2010 8:34:15 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: pfflier

Great tool - for biz & personal use. Essential for communicating overseas.


11 posted on 09/13/2010 8:34:24 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: pfflier

I use it all the time to talk to family in India.
It’s FREE FREE FREE!


12 posted on 09/13/2010 8:35:48 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: pfflier

I have been a Skype user for years and it is at times in my life an everyday part of it. You can give them as little or as much information as you like.

For many people around the world it is the most secure communication that they have. I have friends in some unfriendly and sophisticated countries and Skype is their primary source of communication outside of the country.

I don’t know about current security, but there was a time when security agencies wanted it outlawed because they couldn’t listen.


13 posted on 09/13/2010 8:36:00 PM PDT by born2bfree
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To: pfflier

Skype doesn’t require any personal information. It’s a solid product, easy to use. I have many Skype-In phone numbers around the world that I use for business purposes, and I use it all the time when traveling (even runs on my cell phone).

VERY worthwhile product, no fear about personal information exposure.


14 posted on 09/13/2010 8:37:03 PM PDT by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the Sting of Truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: pfflier

I have skype and I use it to video conference with my parents. I didnt have to put any personal info in that I can remember. I have no problem with it. I did have a couple of scum bag porn people try to get me to add them, but I just blocked them.


15 posted on 09/13/2010 8:38:21 PM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (God surpasses our dreams when we grab the hand of Christ and walk the path he has chosen for us.)
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To: pfflier

I have skype and I use it to video conference with my parents. I didnt have to put any personal info in that I can remember. I have no problem with it. I did have a couple of scum bag porn people try to get me to add them, but I just blocked them.


16 posted on 09/13/2010 8:38:30 PM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (God surpasses our dreams when we grab the hand of Christ and walk the path he has chosen for us.)
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To: mlizzy

Malta is a great country. It is one of the few places I’d be willing to live in Europe for any duration.


17 posted on 09/13/2010 8:38:32 PM PDT by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: pfflier

I’ve used Skype a few times to talk to my daughters. I just block anyone that I don’t know who tries to contact me ~ and I only know my daughters on there so that’s easy enough.


18 posted on 09/13/2010 8:44:26 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

iirc there is a way that your acct does not show up on the directory. This will prevent people who don’t know you from contacting you.


19 posted on 09/13/2010 8:49:10 PM PDT by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: pfflier

I work with people all over the world and it is a very handy tool for staying in contact.


20 posted on 09/13/2010 8:54:07 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: posterchild

Thanks for the heads up. I’ll look for it when I go on there again. :~)


21 posted on 09/13/2010 8:57:06 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: pfflier

I use it for my “landline” and have been happy with it. The cost is about $2-$3 per month and I have my own phone number with unlimited calling in the United States and Canada.


22 posted on 09/13/2010 8:59:15 PM PDT by fso301
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To: smokingfrog
Just like any other computer software, security holes will be found from time to time. Just make sure you keep it updated and have a good antivirus program.

I've gotten to the point where I just use a junk computer for the internet and wipe the hard drive and reload. Seems the simplest way to solve the problem.

23 posted on 09/13/2010 9:00:25 PM PDT by gogov
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To: pfflier

I talk to friends in China on it, for free.


24 posted on 09/13/2010 9:06:38 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: gogov

It works fine for me. I have the landline number option and have eliminated all other phones. I have a pre-paid cell plan for emergencies. I’ve used it for years without span or security issues. I pay about $35 per year and about $3 per month for the landline phone number with voice mail, call forwarding, etc.


25 posted on 09/13/2010 9:09:24 PM PDT by GaltTrader
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To: GaltTrader
I pay about $35 per year and about $3 per month for the landline phone number with voice mail, call forwarding, etc.

WTF am I paying for Vonage?

How does Skype handle 911 calls?

26 posted on 09/13/2010 9:17:43 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: pfflier

Get a Magic Jack.

No, I don’t work for them.


27 posted on 09/13/2010 9:17:56 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: pfflier

Sorry, I forgot Skype has pictures, right? So not comparable to Magic Jack.


28 posted on 09/13/2010 9:19:26 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: pfflier

I never had the need to use the paid services.


29 posted on 09/13/2010 9:20:02 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: pfflier

Under your privacy settings check all the “people in my contact list only” buttons. Also don’t have it run at startup. Just turn it on when you want to use it.


30 posted on 09/13/2010 9:20:14 PM PDT by TheCipher
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To: UB355

What costs? Skype is free I thought.


31 posted on 09/13/2010 9:21:58 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Persevero

It has seamless audio and video, as well as file sharing.

I think you may even be able to share computers, but I never do that.


32 posted on 09/13/2010 9:22:22 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mylife

I have Skype, it doesn’t do 911 nor do you pay for it. It is best to get the landline number to the 911 center and keep it in your contacts.


33 posted on 09/13/2010 9:23:22 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

OK.
I had thought of that option.
Vonage does it for you automatically.


34 posted on 09/13/2010 9:26:35 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Hildy
What costs? Skype is free I thought.

It's free for computer to computer calls.

For a call from a computer to a landline or cell phone there is a charge. I think it is .02 cents a minute. You can use a pre-paid account or buy a monthly subscription for a specific country.

35 posted on 09/13/2010 9:30:22 PM PDT by longjack
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To: mlizzy
...they both have cams so I get to see them as they type to me as well ...

???

"as they type"?

We use Skype all the time to talk face to face with my daughter in Italy. The first time, she walked around and showed us her apartment and the view out her window and even played her guitar. Whichever way either of us points the laptop, that's what is seen by the other party. We walked around and let her say hi to all the pets. Over the past couple of weeks we have talked face to face, with instant video/audio, for hours... for freaking free! Skype is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

(But there is no typing involved.)

36 posted on 09/13/2010 9:30:29 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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BTW. The only time I have ever had issues with VOIP quality is if you are uploading and downloading a ton of data to and from servers while you are trying to talk.

Uploading tons of data really cuts into your bandwidth.
On those rare occasions that i am doing something like that and the phone rings or I get a skype call, I just pause the FTP uploads.


37 posted on 09/13/2010 9:32:30 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Lancey Howard

Yup. With a $10 Microsoft VX 3000 lifecam http://bidstick.com/latest/microsoft-lifecam-vx-3000/14359.html?gclid=CIGmpdqJhqQCFcde7Aods0aWIg

It’s hands free.


38 posted on 09/13/2010 9:35:16 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: Lancey Howard

I’m don’t have my hearing, so my daughter types. And since I don’t have a cam, I type back to her. And I agree it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, and I like the “freaking free” part too ... talking to Malta for hours on end ... eeeesh, wouldn’t want to see that bill ...


39 posted on 09/13/2010 9:37:21 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: mlizzy

Before I had skype I had to call India once when there was a Tsunami.

1 hour cost me over $200


40 posted on 09/13/2010 9:40:40 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: pfflier
I am leery of anything "free" on the internet

Then you must be paying for your browser program, yes? Nothing's free. Your eyeballs on Google ads pay (as one example) for things to the tune to of $24 billion Google Inc's revenue per annum. To quote Elvy Prezly "Thank you, thank you veddy much".

41 posted on 09/13/2010 9:43:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: pfflier

GF downloaded while kids were in Hungary and it worked Great.

Now it allows teenage boy to sit and stare at girlfriend.

What a great freebie!


42 posted on 09/13/2010 10:16:37 PM PDT by Dryman ("FREE THE LONG FORM!")
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To: fso301
Do you know if it is available everywhere? My son is in Djibuiti, Africa doing contract work at a base there. I would love to be able to talk to him.

We are in the "boonies" in the Ozarks. Not much out here. Only internet is satellite. I gave up my landline because of such terrible service and calls to my neighbor next farm over were long distance.

43 posted on 09/13/2010 10:17:23 PM PDT by TXLady
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To: pfflier

Love Skype ... I talk to my parents from Australia every day or so ... sometimes it’s jerky but that depends on your ISP provider ....


44 posted on 09/13/2010 10:17:31 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Belive In The Law Until It Interferes With Justice - and I'm still Molly Norris")
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To: SkyDancer

OJO Videophone
Much, much better than Skype
Comparing a Volkswagon (Skype) to a Cadillac (OJO)

Even better...
IRIS 5000 Videophone from ACN


45 posted on 09/13/2010 10:41:02 PM PDT by Alberta Pride
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To: pfflier

Skype is far better than some of the other available programs out there. The clarity is superior, and the programme utilises an effective echo-cancellation algorithm.

If you’re worried about privacy, simply set the appropriate settings, including making you disappear from the public search list, and make sure you’re prudent when setting up your profile. Link no currently-used numbers or addresses to it, and you should be safe.


46 posted on 09/13/2010 11:53:24 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: TXLady
Do you know if it is available everywhere? My son is in Djibuiti, Africa doing contract work at a base there. I would love to be able to talk to him.

As far as I know, Skype, Yahoo Chat and Google Voice are available wherever internet service is available.

We are in the "boonies" in the Ozarks. Not much out here. Only internet is satellite. I gave up my landline because of such terrible service and calls to my neighbor next farm over were long distance.

Skype or Google Voice should permit you to have a phone number local to the area.

47 posted on 09/14/2010 1:47:18 AM PDT by fso301
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To: pfflier

I use the video calls to talk to my son in Alaska and my brother in Iraq. It is great to be able to see them!


48 posted on 09/14/2010 4:51:45 AM PDT by panthermom
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