Review Date 04/23/2020
What is required to sign up?
Users can sign in with their email or phone number. Skype also recently added a feature called Meet Now that allows anyone to create and share a Skype call without signing up for Skype via a Meet Now link they create on the Skype website.
How does it handle privacy?
Can I control it?
What could happen if something went wrong
Skype has had some privacy concerns in the past, most recently when it came to light that Microsoft, which owns Skype, was allowing its contract workers in China to listen in to Skype calls with no security measures in place. It has since changed this practice, but it is a good reminder that even companies with decent security practices in place can handle your private data and conversations sloppily. Skype has also been around for a while and has been quite popular for a number of years. That's made it a prime target for malware and phishing attacks. Users are able to set up two-factor authentication on Skype, which we recommend doing to help keep that conversation you're having with Grandma from being invaded by some racist troll.