So, 1st October 2016 all my Skype contacts got the following Spam message from ‘me’.
Following the link (but removing the identifying name at the end) you arrive at the below page:
Apologies to everyone who received this.
But what happened? I’d used one of my ‘generic’ ‘rubbish’ passwords for Skype which no doubt got picked up with one of the many high profile hacks that seem to be common place these days:
Skype recently (30th Sept) became available through the webbrowser (as opposed to a dedicated app) which made it 3 exactly billion % easier for spammers to bulk check which of the hacked username+password combos were used in Skype too.
I was rather miffed when my Skype contacts were hacked. My immediate response was to change my Skype password. I spent about 2 hours on this endeavour as:
- Microsoft is utterly rubbish
- When you try to change your Skype password via the advertised ‘change your skype account’ links, you actually change your Microsoft password.
I ended up broadly following the advice here: http://www.androidcentral.com/how-change-your-skype-password-android:
If you are signed into the Skype app you will want to sign out from the Settings menu
Input your user name
Small glass of wine
Click on the “Problems signing in?” link
Enter your email address and wait for email to be sent
Click link and reset your password with a stronger password
I was really rather frustrated at this point and thought to DELETE my account. This was my procedure (jump to step 3 to preserve sanity/sobriety):
I do not sign in with a Microsoft account. The below webpage is useless.
- Sign in here https://login.skype.com/login
- glass of wine.
- Then visit here https://go.skype.com/help.support.selection
- Text Chat Support
- whilst chatting, whilst been asked if I was absolutely sure I wanted to delete my account, I actually decided that after all I’d keep my account… what a waste of an evening.