how dangerous is skype? what information does it store? How safe is it to use with a fresh account that has no relation to my real life data?
Just read their TOS, then uninstall that spyware immediately.
>Skype may gather and use information about you, including (but not limited to) information in the following categories:
>Identification data (e.g. name, address, telephone number, mobile number, email address)
>Profile information (e.g. age, gender, country of residence, language preference...)
>Electronic identification data (e.g. IP addresses, cookies)
>Banking and payment information (credit card information, account number)
>The URL of videos that you have selected to appear in your mood message
>List of your contacts
>The duration of the call, the number calling and the number called
>Content of instant messaging communications
>Location information and device identifiers
>Skype currently keeps your instant messages for a maximum of 30 days; Voicemail messages are currently stored for a maximum of 60 days
It's a keylogger. In their TOS they literally state that they store your IMs on their servers for 30 days; this isn't a tin-foil-hat conspiracy, it's literally stated in the fucking TERMS OF SERVICE.
Due to it being a proprietary software, we will never know for sure. We can only speculate. Microsoft isn't known as the most ethical corporation, nor do they particularly obligated to respect your privacy. They are also one of the more long-standing voluntary members of NSA PRISM program.
Make your own conclusions and base your decisions on those.
We don't know
It's only an IM logger at best. But it's only certainly riddled with backdoors and spyware that isn't spelled out in the TOS. That's a pretty shitty deal on your end.
Here's a better free as in freedom alternative. (3rd try deleting and reposting here... yes, I'm ashamed)
Who decided that C was the main disk, A was 3.5, F was floppy, and D was cd?
I've been using it since 2010-ish as well. Talking with friends on it pretty much every day since. It has pretty much become a fundamental part of my every-day computing and it just works(TM).
The new design looks pretty decent as well, pic related.
Are you using v1.3.0? They redesigned the icons and included a light and dark theme.