[access-uk] Re: Opinions regarding Skype and Security

  • From: "Tristram Llewellyn" <tristram.llewellyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 09:37:54 +0100

I have heard among the security bods that Skype did sustain a period of
attack on it.  This is why it kept getting updates around version 3.5
through 3.6 as the Skype guys tried to engineer small fixes around it.
The best way to defend against it is to get the Skype updates when they
occur, many security holes exist as the result of unpatchd software and
new exploits that are discovered that use them.  File sharing programs
are also an extremely good route for malware in, but possibly the most
frequent is through naughty bits of JAVAScript on dodgy sites or those
that have become vulnerable to attack.  The best aproach there would be
to have IE7 and have it routinely disable JAVAScript on sites you do not
normally visit until you directly whitelist them   You can also do the
same with Firefox using the NoScript extension, it is a little more work
but will do as much as good anti-virus software used correctly to keep
you safe.  If you are not already hehind a NAT router thet get the PC or
laptop behind one, most wireless routers are these days and does afford
a degree of protection (at least from worms).


Tristram Llewellyn
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