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Skype hides IP addresses to protect users

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Source : http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/22/skype-hide-ip-addresses-skype/

 

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If you have ever paid any attention to gaming communities or the streaming crowd, you would have definitely heard of people getting DDoS'd left and right from Skype IP addresses.  Well, Microsoft has/will release an update that hides the user's IP by default (previously it defaulted to show IP on contacts page).  Just last night I was watching a streamer I regularly watch and he got DDoS'd 5 mins into the start of the stream.

 

You may not be one of the above people, but IP privacy is still worth a lot for people who care.  An IP can give you a general location on where you are, and although not pinpoint accurate is accurate enough for unscrupulous activities to take place.  Kudos to Microsoft for the change!

 

 

After initially allowing users to choose whether they wanted to share their IP address with contacts, the company's latest update will now hide their details from other Skype users by default. Microsoft says the measure will "prevent individuals from obtaining a Skype ID and resolving to an IP address," which won't only protect gamers, but other Skype users who may be targeted by online trolls. Before Microsoft enabled the feature, gamers used third-party workarounds to keep themselves safe. Its latest update removes that hassle and lets players get back to pwning the competition without fear of reprisals.

 


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Fuk why? I liked using task manager.


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Don't really care.  Haven't used Skype in a long time.  Mostly been using Curse, TS3, and Discord, all of which hide your IP.


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Don't really care.  Haven't used Skype in a long time.  Mostly been using Curse, TS3, and Discord, all of which hide your IP.

TS3 doesn't hide your IP to admins and moderators though.


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Don't really care.  Haven't used Skype in a long time.  Mostly been using Curse, TS3, and Discord, all of which hide your IP.

Good luck having any webcam calls with any of those :P


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FINALLY!

 

Jesus, I have been complaining about this for what, 2 years now? Too bad the software is trash and all my friends have moved to TS3/Discord.

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TS3 doesn't hide your IP to admins and moderators though.

AND? I don't use any public TS servers.  The Admins/mods of the server that I most frequent are my IRL friends...


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Good luck having any webcam calls with any of those :P

That's fine.  I'm not really the type to do lots of videocalling.


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@Samfisher Microsoft be microsofting! Being innovative, making exciting new features, engaging customers and making money :)

Not sure if /s but welcome back from your self exile :P


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Not sure if /s but welcome back from your self exile :P

The mod stuff got cleared. We discussed it and now they're are 2 more admins. The mod's behaviors is being discussed with a group of people including me (and the mods) and slick and some other dudes.

 

Thank you. Good to be back (to an uncensored forum no less).


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The mod stuff got cleared. We discussed it and now they're are 2 more admins. The mod's behaviors is being discussed with a group of people including me (and the mods) and slick and some other dudes.

 

Thank you. Good to be back (to an uncensored forum no less).

 

Well, glad to hear something is being done.


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Good luck having any webcam calls with any of those :P

There is a plugin for TS that allow you to make videocalls, but I havent tryed it my self.

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about time to be honest :P

 

haven't used Skype much or any at all the last 2 years (only occasionally) and have recently switched to Discord which works great :)


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It's about fucking time. I had some asshat DDoS me because he got my IP address through Skype.


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Cool, I'm still not going to use it.


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Finally...

Everytime I go on certain forums for mods everyones like "THIS GUY SCAMMED ME DDOS HIM"...


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Shoulda been done a long time ago.


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They are only fixing this clear vulnerability NOW!?

Glad I switched to Trillian long ago...

I used skype for a few months after Microsoft killed MSN in favor of Skype, then I saw it had the IP issue, that it was a terrible IM client overall... From there me and a friend switched to a few IM clients and Trillian ended up being the one that won us over. Mostly because we can send pictures, screen captures and what not to each other without having to download anything, it just display for the other to see. Which we use a lot... in 2 years we've sent each other over 15k pictures/screen captures. (they are saved in a trillian temp folder, can always delete them, I won't)


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