Skype for Company Use: Does This Really Make Sense?

Posted by Sabrina Sturm Thu, 16 May 2013 13:23:00 GMT

Quickly sending a chat message to a colleague or calling a partner abroad via Skype – many companies use Skype for communication purposes, internally and with customers, partners or suppliers. But does this really make sense?

To be certain, Skype is easy to use and cheap or even available for free. But, as so often, “free of charge” doesn’t mean “for nothing,” since users pay with their data! This isn’t clear to many users. However, Skype, in its T&C explicitly reserves to itself the right to record and store “direct messages, voice messages and video messages” for a particular time. There is also the latest news saying “Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write”

This is why companies should critically review if and when Skype can be used – and under which conditions other solutions that truly address the security of mission critical data should be applied. With HOBPhone, for example, as part of HOB RD VPN, HOB offers a browser-based SIP client for VoIP. HOBPhone need not be installed on the client and transmits all communications encrypted. Since HOB RD VPN is centrally installed on a server within your company, no third party can track, record or store your data.

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