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    Default Is it safe to use skype on suse 11.2?

    I know that skype not in the repositories but is it ok to use?

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    Default Re: Is it safe to use skype on suse 11.2?

    Same risk as with any closed proprietary app, you don't know what it's really doing. E.g. whether a spy agency has got backdoor keys to decrypt your conversation. Having said that, it works fine under Linux, provided you got it from skype.com.

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    Default Re: Is it safe to use skype on suse 11.2?

    In those case I think that all your trust should be on the company or enterprise behind the application. If you trust in Skype's people just use it. Now if you ask if it works yes it does and in my case quite well.
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    And adding to the above (which I fully endorse). Depends on what you think is save.

    I see e.g. that Skype tells me about the people im my Skype list when they are going on-/off-line.
    IMHO that means that I see when someone has running Skyp there on the system. I then can come to the conclusion that that person is sitting there.
    I suppose they see the same about me. The question is, feel I/you safe with this.
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    Well in the Skype Howto they suggest creating an Apparmor profile for skype. I posted about it HERE asking for clarification on the profile but got no replies.

    Apparently skype reads your mozilla profile. Who knows what else it's doing. It's a shame that it's become the defacto app for voice and video calling rather than an open standards based app.
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    suse tpx60s wrote:
    > but got no replies ... Apparently skype reads your mozilla profile. Who knows what else it's
    > doing.


    you can't get replies from folks without answers (or care enough to
    get answers)..

    if you are concerned about Skype, then don't use it..
    or, figure out how to jail it..
    and, learn how to find out what else it is doing..
    then come back and tell us all what it may be doing..

    right now, i'm not worried about Skype ... if i were i'd do something
    about it..

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    Default Re: Is it safe to use skype on suse 11.2?

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    you can't get replies from folks without answers (or care enough to
    get answers)..

    if you are concerned about Skype, then don't use it..
    or, figure out how to jail it..
    and, learn how to find out what else it is doing..
    then come back and tell us all what it may be doing..
    Fair enough but I am not technical enough to figure out how to even find out what skype is doing hence relying on this forum for information and the howto articles. Someone wrote that entry about the privacy and security in the Skype howto so I thought posting a question in this forum would have a good chance of that author seeing it and perhaps responding. Failing that I was hoping that someone else here knows enough about Apparmor to advise. TBH if it wasn't for that paragraph in the howto I would not have known about skype reading the mozilla profile and would not have even known about the possibility of jailing skype.

    I assume you have not bothered to jail skype then?
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    suse tpx60s wrote:
    > I assume you have not bothered to jail skype then?


    no, i've had Skype installed on Linux here before eBay bought the
    company in 2005 from a 20-something year old Danish guy (i live in
    Denmark) and the $2,600,000,000.00 sale made him the second richest
    guy in the country..

    so, i'm not afraid of it....maybe i _should_ be, but i am not...i
    mean, if Skype _is_ able to get my mozilla profile, then don't you
    reckon mozilla *already* has it?

    who you gonna trust?

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    Default Re: Is it safe to use skype on suse 11.2?

    IMHO the big risk is how you use Skype with wireless, especially with a laptop. It appears my wife's Skype was hacked on the weekend (she uses an iPod to access Skype), but from what I speculate, the hack could just as easy been done to a Linux PC's wireless, based on the poor security practice she was using at the time. She has now learned to tighten her methods to prevent such a hack. ... It was an interesting weekend.

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    oldcpu wrote:
    > appears my wife's Skype was hacked on the weekend


    did they make money costing calls....or??

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