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How to stop Skype spam

QI use Skype to video chat with my daughter in Alaska. We keep getting inappropriate messages from other users. These are usually advertising porn sites. This is very annoying. Can we eliminate this?
—Casey in Waterloo, IA, listening on KXEL 1540 AM

ASpammers get more inventive every day. What a pain!

Skype is a video chat and instant messaging program. It lets you make free pc-to-pc video calls. It's a great program. I have a link to it on my site.

Skype allows you to receive messages from any other Skype user. That includes spammers. Of course, they have to know your user name first. But spammers have a number of ways to get that.

Skype spam doesn't usually come through video calls. Those are easy enough to ignore. You simply don't answer users you don't recognize. But the program's IM function is a different story. IM text appears immediately on your computer. There is no avoiding it.

This kind of spam isn't as widespread as e-mail spam. And it's also not as dangerous. You aren't going to get malware-infected attachments. But spammers can include links in IM messages. These can lead to malicious Web sites. Watch out for these.

You can shut the spammers down. Click here for my instructions!

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