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Microsoft now hides your IP address by default in Skype

Skype has been criticized for displaying the IP address of accounts on official clients, but Microsoft has finally now taken steps to hide said details from public view by default. This mainly affected those who played games online and streamed on various platforms, receiving harassment due to IP addresses being publicly available.

While it was recently made possible to hide the IP address in Skype, it's good to see Microsoft implement measures to prevent it from being accessed without having to configure settings.

"Skype is fully committed to delivering as safe and secure of an experience as possible to our customers. We have recently introduced the ability to hide a Skype user's IP address and we've set this as a default status in the latest versions of Skype. Starting with this update to Skype and moving forward, your IP address will be kept hidden from Skype users. This measure will help prevent individuals from obtaining a Skype ID and resolving to an IP address."

If you happened to be on the receiving end of online harassment like the plague of DDoS attacks affecting gamers, this latest Skype update should hopefully add another layer of protection.

Source: Skype (opens in new tab)

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

18 Comments
  • Nice
  • DDoS harassment. That something new.
  • Not really. Ddos harassment has been a thing for awhile now.
  • Probably being sarcastic
  • ...why? Why would a gamer use skype instead of twitch anyway?
  • Because....choice?
    I know plenty of individuals who like to stream various games, especially the online card game stuff over skype.
  • They would use Skype for voice communication with the people they played with while streaming on Twitch. I used the past tense there because the vast majority of them have already switched to Discord because of the limitations and flaws in Skype
  • ....teamspeak....
  • Like you were told already, because of choice. Just because Teamspeak exists doen't mean it's the better option. I like to play Mario Kart with a bunch of friends from work, none of them have team speak, none of them have a Wii-U near their PC. We all have devices nearby that support skype, and skype accounts, so we were able to voice chat in-game. It's not always what works better as far as technical specs, it's what works better for the person/group.
  • ...you'll have to excuse my PC gamer mentality. I'd never dream of wasting money on a Wii system. Both Xbox and PS have in-game voice chat.
  • Sounds more like you're asking for an excuse for your ignorant mentality, which I'd rather not do. My example may have included Wii-U (which there's no reason to be a d!ck about) but there are multiple other possible scenarios that fit almost exactly, even with PC. You have to grow up and understand that not all PC gamers are the same kind of person, they don't all know as much about PC's as you apparently think. Setting up a teamspeak server could be an incredibly daunting task to some people, where as launching skype and starting a group chat is not really any different than the old AIM days.
  • Xlink kai mk:dd
  • I don't know anyone on Discord. It looks like Slack :/ Have you not tried Curse? Excellent (and also free) chat / gaming client
  • Because you start a multiplayer game with friends and chat over on Skype while playing...lol. I used to use while playing Diablo 3 and sometimes CS.
  • Because Skype is for communication and twitch is for broadcasting?
  • I mixed that one up
  • One doesn't excludes other. And twitch channel description may contain Skype name as one of methods to contact channel owner, like email, twitter etc. (in this case TS is useless).
  • I had no idea this was a thing. I don't see any good reason why this wouldn't have already been the case. That's crazy Posted via the Windows Central App for Android