Monday, June 14, 2021

How secure is Skype?

Do encrypted Skype calls have the ability to be tapped?
That question was raised earlier this year when Microsoft Corp. applied for a patent apparently allowing “silent recording communications.” As this article states, Microsoft [Nasdaq: MSFT] is vague, saying it co-operates with law enforcement agencies.
 
The fact is no IT company would want to sell a product that would defy the ability of police to lawfully intercept communications.
 
That still leaves the quesiton of whether Skype — used by millions around the world for business as well as personal calls — can be cracked by the rest of us. So the Electronic Frontier Foundation recommends avoiding Skype if you want to have a secure — and, it goes without saying, legal — talk with someone.

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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