Between kicking them out of my account, with the help of Skype tech support, and then sending apology messages, one at a time, to all my Skype contacts, that little exploit cost me an entire day.
Your Aunt Crabby isn’t one to let a valuable tidbit of important info escape her even in the heat of the battle.
Here are some simple commands you can use in Skype to make sure only your devices are logged in to your account, and if you find suspicious connections, you can boot them off and quick change your password.
Here’s what to do: type the following into the text box of any contact in your Skype to see who/what is logged in to your Skype account:
This command will show you all of what Skype calls “endpoints”, in other words devices that are at the ends of connections to your Skype account,
Take an inventory, and if you know you have a phone, tablet, and computer all logged in to Skype, and the showplaces command lists 3 endpoints, then you don’t have uninvited company.
If, however, you know you have 3 devices connected and showplaces lists 5 endpoints, you have uninvited guests.
To give those intruders the boot, type the following command into a text box (where you would type a message, you can use any of your contacts to do this):
Now, if you just kicked out two interlopers, change your password right away, and make it a good one.
Another use for the remotelogout command would be if you don’t want to be shown as “online” in Skype because your phone is keeping a connection and giving out the erroneous info that you are online and ready for Skype communicaton.
You can thank your Dear Aunt Crabby by just going right now to your Skype and checking on /showplaces and then /remotelogout if appropriate. You’ll help keep things on the up and up for everybody that way.