Being launched in the year of 2003, Skype is used by over 300 million people worldwide today. The app was worked out to exchange messages, photos, make video and audio calls from almost every corner of the world.
Skype developers declared that it’s secure to share information via Skype. However, the actual state of affairs is different. In the year of 2016 the messenger appeared in the list of the worst apps in terms of security.
Private Conversation was launched on the 11th of January 2018 as a new function that allows making Skype messages protected.
Private Conversation is meant for E2E encryption of voice and text messages. Furthermore, it is used to encode images, audio- and video files. This seems to confirm the idea that Skype is a trustworthy application for communication at a distance.
Ciphering is realized through open-source Signal protocol, which was developed by Open Whisper Systems in the year of 2013. This protocol is used by Facebook, WhatsApp and Allo to encrypt instant messages.
To protect your Skype conversation it is required to install Skype Insider 184.108.40.206. This version is compatible with Android, Windows, Mac, iOS and Linux.
A user’s messages will be encoded in case his/her interlocutor also uses Skype Insider. Besides, this new Skype feature doesn’t encode video calls and group chats.
This means Skype still has vulnerabilities. The adversaries are watchful so it’s high time to think about other security tools. That is why it is recommended to use VPN services to achieve the desired security level on the Internet.