How to secure your Skype account against Baidu and LinkedIn spam

Lately many Skype users are finding out that their accounts have been used to send numerous spam messages to their contacts and other users. However, this isn't a security breach problem on Microsoft's side. Instead, hackers have managed to steal old Skype credentials from users, which doesn't feature all the security technologies found on a Microsoft account.

It's been some time since Microsoft has been offering the ability to link Skype with a Microsoft account to make sign-in easier and more secure. Unfortunately, after merging both accounts, Microsoft will keep your original Skype ID and password active, in case you want to access the service using your old credentials.

However, if you used a weak password or someone managed to steal your Skype information, anyone can use that information to gain access to your account.

Thankfully, there is a way to fully merged your Skype ID with a Microsoft account (even if they're already linked) to prevent hackers from gaining access to your account, and on the steps below we show you how.

How to fully merge a Skype with a Microsoft account

  1. Open your web browser and go to{.nofollow}.
  2. If you're currently signed in with your Microsoft account, then sign out.
  3. Click the Sign-in button.
  4. Enter your Skype ID and Skype password to begin the process.
  5. Click Next.
  6. If you have already linked the accounts in the past, you'll get asked to update your information by entering your Microsoft account password.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click OK to complete the process.

After completing the steps, your Skype account will be fully merged with your Microsoft account. Also, during the process, a Skype alias has been created to allow you to keep using your old username to sign into the service. However, as a result of the merge, you'll now have to use your Microsoft account password to sign in.

Keep in mind that if your Microsoft account happens to be using the same old Skype password, it's also highly recommended to change it as hackers will still be able to access your account.

In case you're not thinking of using the Skype name anymore, you can go to your Microsoft account and disable your current alias (Recommended).

If you want to make your account extra secure, remember that you need to set up two-factor authentication on your Microsoft account manually.

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Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.