Skype is an internet - telecommunications company and software (App) which allows people to make telephone calls over the internet called VoIP along with Instant messaging and video chat computers or smartphones and tablets. Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis and is now owned by Microsoft.
They also allow one to exchange files and images, send video messages and create conference calls. Skype software works on computers running Microsoft Windows, Mac or Linux, as well as Android, Blackberry, Apple iOS and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets.
In January 2011 after releasing video calling on the Skype client for iPhone, Skype attained a world record 27 million simultaneous online users. and by 21 January 2013, Skype had more than 50 million concurrent users online.
Security and Privacy of Skype
Kurt Sauer, Skype's Chief Security Officer in an interview, "We provide a safe communication option. I will not tell you whether we can listen or not." This didn't deny the fact revealed by Edward Snowden in June 2013 that the NSA monitors Skype conversations both international and domestic. The Skype software uses a non-Open source proprietary protocol. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is worried about privacy issues caused by proprietary software and protocols, thus they have made the development of a secure Skype replacement alternative one of their projects of high priority.
Prescient Quotes on Police State Telephone and voIP Surveillance
- "The progress of science in furnishing the government with means of espionage is not likely to stop with wiretapping. Ways may some day be developed by which the government, without removing papers from secret drawers, can reproduce them in court, and by which it will be enabled to expose to a jury the most intimate occurrences of the home. Advances in the psychic and related sciences may bring means of exploring unexpressed beliefs, thoughts and emotions. 'That places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer' was said by James Otis of much lesser intrusions than these. 1 To Lord Camden a far slighter intrusion seemed 'subversive of all the comforts of society.' Can it be that the Constitution affords no protection against such invasions of individual security?"
- Security Software and Security-Focused Operating Systems to protect unalienable Fifth Amendment - Fourth Amendment Right to Privacy (Internet privacy, Information privacy, Expectation of privacy) and Second Amendment - First Amendment (Freedom of information and Political freedom) rights against unconstitutional Gun control - Internet censorship Big government Police state, hackers, and "all enemies, foreign and domestic" of American liberty.
- Secure Communication:
- E-mail Privacy and Email Encryption: Claws Mail or Enigmail or Kontact using Hushmail or MyKolab, Anonymous remailer, instead of tracking by Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird using Yahoo! Mail, Gmail iCloud
- Secure Messaging and Off-the-Record Messaging via I2P Instant messaging, Cryptocat, Bitmessage instead of Skype, Yahoo! Messenger, Internet Relay Chat, Google Plus, Facebook
- Silent Phone with Silent Circle instead of Android or iPhone Smartphone
- Encryption: Encryption software, Disk encryption software, LUKS or TrueCrypt instead of Microsoft BitLocker, PGP and GNU Privacy Guard, Data encryption, Public-key encryption, Cryptography-Cryptanalysis-Cryptology-Steganography
- Privacy Resources:
- One Nation, Under Surveillance - Privacy From the Watchful Eye by Boston T. Party
- How to Be Invisible - Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life, by J. J. Luna
- Electronic Frontier Foundation and Electronic Privacy Information Center, Oath Keepers, Judicial Watch
- Freedom of Information Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 and Privacy Act of 1974
- Edward J. Snowden Revelations of unconstitutional domestic spying on law-abiding American citizens; GlobaLeaks
- Rushe, Dominic. "Skype's secret Project Chess reportedly helped NSA access customers' data." The Guardian. 20 June 2013.
- Latest Products."Skype Launches Video Messaging For Free"
- Ben Markton (17 April 2014). Skype. CNET. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
- Andreas Thomann (6 September 2006). Skype – A Baltic Success Story. credit-suisse.com. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
- Skype Hits New Record of 27 Million Simultaneous Users. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
- 50 million concurrent users online. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
- ZDNet.de. Telefonieren übers Internet: Wie sicher ist Skype wirklich? – Telekommunikation | Mobile Business. ZDNet.de. Retrieved on December 8, 2014.
- "FSF High Priority Projects", Free Software Foundation. Accessed December 8, 2014.
- "Help make mass surveillance of entire populations uneconomical! We all have an unalienable right to privacy, which you can exercise today by encrypting your communications and ending your reliance on proprietary products and services."