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Skype blocks IP addresses to tackle online abuse
January 31, 2016, 2:10 pm

 The latest update to Skype, the Microsoft-owned messaging and call service, which can be used for group voice chats, will no longer allow other users to see your IP address. It is not a bullet-proof solution to being tracked down online, but it is a small step in the right direction.

Skype previously allowed users to choose whether or not they wanted their IP address to be shared with contacts. The new update, which is live now, keeps those details hidden from other users by default, although users can choose to share that information if they like.

Starting with this update to Skype and moving forward, your IP address will be kept hidden from Skype users. This measure will help prevent individuals from obtaining a Skype ID and resolving to an IP address, says Microsoft on its Skype blog.

While the measure is targeted specifically at gamers who use voice chat while engaged in multi-user games, the better protection could benefit other victims of online harassment.


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