How To Setup Skype Desktop for Enhanced Privacy

One of the most installed programs worldwide is the Skype desktop client and, while this ubiquitous software has changed several times over the years, fortunately, the current version includes a good collection of settings to help manage your privacy. You’re probably never going to achieve 100% privacy but here are:-

Three Steps to a Safer Skype

Skype comes with a set of privacy options which allow users to limit interactions to only those people included in the list of contacts. Much in the same way that Facebook allows its users to restrict interactions to a list of “friends”.

1) Apply Restrictions in Skype

Go to Tools>Options and then click on the Privacy tab in the left hand section of the window

From there, you will see three options, as indicated in the following screenshot. Make sure all three are set to “people in my contact list only”.

skype - privacy settings 1

2) Disable History & Targeted Ads in Skype

In the same screen; disable Skype’s history logging and Microsoft’s targeted ads to further enhance privacy:

skype - history and ads settings

3) Disable Skype Annoyances & Watermark

This third and final step is purely optional and, while maybe not specifically related to privacy, will disable many of Skype’s annoyances, including watermarks:

Click on Advanced under “Privacy settings” and remove all checkmarks as indicated in the following screenshot:

skype - advanced

(When making any changes, don’t forget to click on the Save button prior to closing out)


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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.