After surviving the firestorm of bad press that accompanied news of Skype’s lack of protection over your personal information, the company has reached out to make sure that all of our readers know that their info is now secure. An update has been released to the Android Market which fixes the blatantly obvious vulnerability that was discovered last week. We’re hoping this means they went back to Encryption 101 and received a passing grade.
Skype has not had 1 reported example of a 3rd party application accessing any of their customer’s personal info. They will continue to monitor the situation for the foreseeable future to make sure that everyone understands their commitment to security.
Oh, they also tossed in nationwide 3G calling (including the U.S.), something that only Verizon customers previously enjoyed. Well, that was nice of them.
And before anyone asks, we’ll just cut this one off at the pass. NO, the leaked Skype with video has not been fixed.
As many of you know by now, Skype was outed as having one of the least secure apps on Android, and has already issued a statement to help ease the minds of its users. They definitely didn’t deny any of it and are now working hard to make sure that the personal information of their 10million+ users is safe and secure. They even took a page from our book and are also advising against late night “sexy girl pictures” searches in the Android Market.
The over 10 million users of the standard Skype app in the Android market may be leaving their personal information wide open for a potential hacker to easily peruse. According to our friends over at Android Police, Skype is leaving your contacts, profile, instant message logs, and more without encryption or proper permissions. Actually, that isn’t even the tip of the iceberg here. All of your friends’ information, cell phone number, date of birth, etc. etc. can all be exposed without much work by even a novice hacker.
To prove that this information is readily available, AP tossed together a quick app that grabbed everything it asked for from within Skype directories without having root access or any other special permissions. Pretty shocking, right? Oh, this also affects the leaked Skype with video as well, but for some reason, Skype made sure to lock down the Verizon version.
Skype is apparently looking into the issue, but for now if you can’t part ways with the app, I’d recommend that you refrain from downloading any odd apps from the market for a couple of days and stick with well-known developers. Basically, I’m saying that this wouldn’t be the time for a late night “Sexy Girls” search in any Android market.
Via: Android Police
Here you go HTC Thunderbolt owners - Skype with video has arrived for you to install and enjoy. Get your video chat on, from just about anywhere. (more…)
Last night we started to question whether or not Skype Mobile with Video was ever coming to the HTC Thunderbolt, but according to a representative from Skype, it looks like it will still be here, we just have no idea when. They are clearly experiencing issues with the video chatting version of it, something we noted back in February as being one of the reasons for the TBolt’s delay…
Verizon Wireless and Skype are committed to providing a great mobile video calling experience for customers, and we are currently working on ensuring that when launched, Skype mobile with video on Verizon 4G LTE phones will deliver the best possible video calling experience. We don’t have a specific date for availability to share at this time.
At this point, are we sure Skype even matters? Thousands of you have already picked up Thunderbolts, all while knowing that Skype would not be included. There are plenty of alternatives on the market that will satisfy your video chatting needs, right?
It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were enjoying Verizon’s CES press event which featured its lineup of 4G LTE devices, all with front-facing cameras to take advantage of the newly announced Skype mobile with video. Oh how times have changed.
Questions surrounding this new video chatting app all started after our friends at Big Red informed us that Skype would not be ready at launch for the Thunderbolt in February. Within days of that report though, a new 2/28 date surfaced, giving hope to those wishing to video chat with friends on their new 4.3″ tigerblooded beast. And then 10 days later, Best Buy sent out memos to employees with really bad news. The exact words were, “The Skype feature will not be available on the HTC Thunderbolt.” Uh oh. It didn’t say, “not available – but will be.” It just said, “not be available.”
And almost immediately after that news hit our inbox, the changing of HTC’s and Verizon’s sites started happening. The 4G LTE page for Big Red which used to feature its own Skype tab, was now missing for some reason. (more…)
Word started floating around last night that Skype with video might not be ready for launch with the HTC Thunderbolt after all, even though we had a confirmed date of 2/28 from Verizon. This shot from Best Buy definitely tells a different story and one that has more than a few of us concerned. By no means should we take this as meaning that it will never see Skype though, but should instead just assume it’ll come later in a software update.
Remember, we sat at CES and saw Skype’s CEO on stage demoing Skype with video on a Thunderbolt first out of all of the devices. It’s also still plastered all over the VZW 4G page and in HTC’s new commercial, so again, don’t think that the device isn’t going to see it some time soon. We know that the device release date was pushed way up and was initially supposed to launch around St. Patty’s day which leads us to believe that the technology just isn’t ready yet.
We’ll update this post as we have additional details…
I know I said February 27th last night, but the date for Skype Mobile with Video to go live for the HTC Thunderbolt is actually the 28th. We first reported back in January, that the video chatting service would not be live on the TBolt at launch, but would instead come as an update later on through the Android Market. That news hasn’t changed, we just now know exactly when it’ll be available.
We’ve also received a comparison chart of the different versions of Skype from our friends at Verizon that highlights some of the new features we can expect once our new 4G LTE devices launch. The first thing that stuck out to me was the fact that Skype Mobile with Video will be baked into your phone’s address book, giving you quick access to video calls with your friends. It will also allow you to make video calls to other 4G LTE devices, PCs, and to Skype-capable TVs. And of course, you can make calls over 4G, 3G, 1X and WiFi which as we all know, is something a certain other phone can’t do.
Is Skype still to blame for the delay of the TBolt? After seeing this firm date, I would say, “No.”
Now if only Verizon would stop teasing us on Twitter and bring us this goodness.
Chart after the break. (more…)