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Microsoft has rolled out a new version of the desktop Skype client that should make users of its service a little safer from denial-of-service attacks. The Skype client has long leaked IP address information, allowing other users on the network to determine which IP address is being used by an account. A number of online services of various degrees of shadiness offer instant IP address lookups, and historically at least, these have worked effectively.
Although video calling has become a thing of norm, in 2006, Skype was one of the pioneering platforms when video calling was in its infancy. Although hard to believe, the video calling service is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2016.
At its core, Skype still offers video calling, but has evolved and expanded its service to meet the ever-evolving needs of its users. Skype will continue to do so on this milestone occasion by deploying group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 Mobile.
Skype users, beware. There are nefarious links being spread around through Skype, and if you click them you will be presented with a lot of adware. However, there are good news, and bad news here.
Researchers at the security behavior management company PhishMe have identified a campaign in which Skype was used to distribute adware, SC Magazine reported on Wednesday.
The threat was first discovered when one PhishMe user received a message over Skype, where the other party tried several times to contact him.
A new bug appears to crash Skype when a short string of text is sent as a message across the service — and the effects are so bad that it requires a reinstall to get things working hitch-free again.
Skype for Windows desktop has shed the beta tag in its latest version and is now available for download.
Earlier in the month, Microsoft made a preview version of Skype for Windows and Mac OS X available, which introduced a new user interface similar to that seen on Skype's mobile apps, closely following Microsoft's modern design language while making it look a bit like MSN/Windows Live Messenger.