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Skype Will Better Protect Users by Hiding IP Addresses

  • January 23, 2016
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Skype Will Better Protect Users by Hiding IP Addresses

Skype has announced that in their new update, they will finally hide your IP address so that you are protected from “trolls”. This news is especially good for gamers who often find themselves DDoS’d by gaming rivals. There have been many YouTube tutorials helping Skype users find IP addresses through Skype calls. This sometimes leads to retaliation tactics against other gamers.

Here is an example of one such tutorial:

Instead of allowing users to opt-out of sharing IP addresses with contacts, Skype’s new update will automatically hide the IP address.

“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.” –Matt Brian, Engadget

Many believe that Skype is responding to the wishes pro-gamers have had for a long time. Some users were already using work-arounds to disguise their IP to protect themselves.

If you still need to get the latest version of Skype, you can find it here.

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  • This does not help those which IPs are known from before the update. I could send anyone a link+ID pair which makes him visit my homepage which stores the IP+ID pair.

    A real solution would be a proxy-network which distributes load to keep the service online, blocks spammers/DDoS and notifies providers about it (which can then help the user freeing his PC from the bot-infection or block him until he did).

    If I could, I would have started sharing my email address together with a password/key (user.user:ke*@em***********.net) so that I can block a group of spammers at once based on from where they got their login.
    The same could work for logins to a VirtualPrivateNetwork.

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