Microsoft owned Skype have made updates to their security settings to protect users, including video game players from those who might use it for nefarious purposes online.
IP addresses gathered from the likes of Skype has been one of the ways some have called law enforcement teams to streamers homes with hoax calls also known as SWATing.
In a message To our gamers: IP will now be hidden by default in latest update, Skype outlines the change in an attempt to make the whole thing more secure for those using it.
Skype is fully committed to delivering as safe and secure of an experience as possible to our customers. We have recently introduced the ability to hide a Skype user’s IP address and we’ve set this as a default status in the latest versions of Skype.
Starting with this update to Skype and moving forward, your IP address will be kept hidden from Skype users. This measure will help prevent individuals from obtaining a Skype ID and resolving to an IP address.
You can find this update in the latest versions of Skype on desktop and mobile devices, which you can download here. We also recommend you update Skype across your devices to ensure you benefit from the best experience possible.
The latest version of the desktop software can be downloaded directly from Skype.com website for Linux, Mac and Windows as well as mobile devices. You can also update through the client if you already have it installed on your machine.