Setting Up Skype
Now that you have Skype installed on your computer, take a minute to make sure your account is set up the way you want it—first by adjusting your privacy settings and notifications, then by editing your profile.
Skype is a social network. This means you can theoretically receive calls, video, and messaging from people you don't know unless you adjust your privacy settings. Luckily, Skype makes it easy to keep your information safe and protect yourself from unwanted callers.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different privacy settings.
These settings allow you to manage your Internet safety on Skype. The only box that has to stay checked is Accept Skype browser cookies; otherwise, some features may not work for you.
You can uncheck the other boxes to keep from (1) showing your online status at Skype.com and (2) sharing your demographic information with third-party advertisers.
Here, you can control if—and how long—Skype should keep a history of your IM conversations.
This controls who's allowed to chat with you on Skype using instant message (IM). To stop unwanted IMs from people you don't know, choose people in my Contact list only.
This controls who's allowed to send you video and screen sharing on Skype. If you don't want to receive webcam footage from people you don't know, choose people in my Contact list only.
This controls who's allowed to see that you have a webcam. If you want only your contacts to know you have video, choose people in my Contact list only.
This controls who's allowed to call you on Skype. If you don't want to receive calls from people you don't know, choose people in my Contact list only.
Notifications are the items and actions Skype alerts you to, like when specific users are online or want to add you to their contacts. Most notifications are displayed at the bottom of your screen so you can always tell what's happening on Skype, even when you don't have the window open.
Some notifications play a sound when they alert you. To change or disable these sounds, click Sounds in the same window.