Posts Tagged ‘skype’

an open question to Skype’s Josh Silverman

November 3, 2009

Mr. Silverman, you wrote in a post regarding TOM Online in collusion with Chinese authority to spy on and censor Skype users:

Skype-to-Skype communications are, and always have been, completely secure and private.

First, it’s my understanding that Skype is proprietary software (and not semi-free software). Please correct me if I’m mistaken. If this is true, how can users come to know that their Skype-to-Skype communications are, and always have been, completely secure and private, given that they are not privy to Skype’s source code?

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Skype on GNU/Linux

August 27, 2007

This is not surprising at all…but still disturbing. Unfortunately, Skype is not free software. An effect of this is that users are denied the freedom to modify Skype in order to stop it from snooping. The article indicates that users are installing secondary software in an attempt to combat this. However, the ability to modify your own software is the best defense.

Although the network effect of Skype is strong thus making it inconvenient to ignore, I encourage users to try free alternatives. For example, Ekiga.