Skype Info & Secrets User Guide & Help
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January 31, 2015
Help with installing and using Skype, see the detailed instructions, hints and links below!
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Skype is a great piece of free software that allows you to make free phone and video calls using "Voice over IP" (VoIP) to other Skype users. This web page is provided as a community service to help unlock the secrets to free/cheap phone calls.
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What is "Skype"?
Skype also provides free Instant Messaging (IM) and file transfer. It also allows very low cost phone calls to normal phones or cell/mobiles and SMS messages to mobiles. Many of us in the international HL7 standards Australia commitee use Skype VoIP.
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1. A computer running Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X or Linux.
2. A Skype-compatible headphone/microphone head-set or the built-in microphone and speaker if you are using a laptop.
3. An internet connection, preferably Broadband.
4. The Skype software - free download from Skype
You are now ready to make free calls to other Skype users!
How to set up Video-calls:5. If you want to do video calls, you will need a webcam - sometimes already built into your laptop.
6. Your first 10-minute call to a normal phone or cell/mobile is free!!! But if you want to regularly make very low cost phone calls and
send SMSs to mobiles, put the minimum $15 of "SkypeOut" credit into your Skype account. This is not required if you only want to
call other Skype users.
7. Read Skype Books and Manuals to learn the secrets of getting the most out of Skype.
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Skype Books we Recommend:
Skype For Dummies - the name says it all!
Skype Hacks: Innovative and Fun Tips & Tools - ideal guide for new Skype ring tones and fun on-hold music or replacing your "regular" phone service altogether.
Skype - From Single User to Small Enterprise and Beyond - the author is one of the most recognized and respected authorities on Skype.
Skype - The Definitive Guide - written by Skype insiders, this is the only official guide to Skype.
Skype "EasyGuide" Booklet - read how to get the most out of Skype. FREE!
Browse more Skype Books and Manuals to learn the Secrets of Skype.
WARNING - Before you install Skype, ensure you have removed any unsafe Viruses and speed-zapping Registry "gunk" from your PC:To quickly and easily fix any Windows security and reliability problems before you install Skype, follow these two easy steps:
1. Do a free scan with RegCure's Fix Windows Errors - Repair to repair and optimise your Windows PC.
2. Download and run Windows AntiVirus Pro from Paretologic until it reports that your Windows PC is "clean".
These two programs will immediately speed-up and stabilise your Computer and ensure Skype runs successfully.
make and receive calls from your PC, calls to other Skype users are free; calls and SMSs to phones are very cheap. Skype also has free video, IM-style chat and file transfers. Check out this LONG list of Skype features!!!
Click here to get your own local landline number in 20 countries that will ring in on Skype on your PC. OK, let's get started...
Step 1: Download the free software from Skype.com - follow the installation instructions on the download screen.
After you have installed Skype, type in the Skype-name "Echo123" into the Skype-name/phone-# field (see picture on left) and click on the green phone-button. An automated system will answer your call, ask you to record a test message and replay that test message back to you. If you appear to have problems with your microphone or speakers, go to Skype's Sound Set Up Guide for instructions on how to set up and test your headset and microphone. If you send a "Call me" chat message to "Echo123", the automated system will call you, ask you to record a 10-second test message and replay message back to you.
Step 3: Make calls to people who have Skype:If you know their Skype-name, type it into the Skype-name/phone-# field and click on the green phone-button. If the other person is at their computer, they will hear Skype ringing, can accept the call and you can talk for free as long as you like.
Step 4: Make calls to people who do not have a computer and/or Skype:
Skype can call any phone world-wide (including mobile/cell/hand-phones). Your first "SkypeOut" call is free, then you can purchase some SkypeOut credit - starting with $15. The call cost is typically $0.02 per minute.
Note: There is a problem with SkypeOut overcharging for calls to Australian 1300 xxx xxx numbers - we are currently addressing this with Skype. We suggest you do NOT use Skype to call these numbers! Also, "Free SkypeOut Calls" plans are not entirely free as they include a $0.05 charge per call
If you want to use Skype to participate in conventional phone conferences, it is quite simple:
1. You will need to have some SkypeOut credit
2. You call the conference call dial-in number
3. If requested, use Skype's keypad to mouse-click the PIN number
4. The cost is ~$0.02 a minute
It is not widely known that Skype has provided video-conferencing from the desk-top since January 2006 and in November 2007 released features similar to those found in professional systems. Desk-top video-conferencing can eliminate the need for special video-conferencing equipment and rooms. For existing Skype users, the only additional technical requirement is a Webcam. The call costs are the same as for Skype voice conferences, eg. free to other Skype users.
It is estimated that one in four calls already involve video - both for professional collaborations across the globe and for staying in touch with family and friends. Click here for more information on Video Conference!
Use the Skype Call-Forward function:Very useful when you are not at your computer. Your calls are forwarded to any phone number, local or overseas. Note that you will need SkypeOut credit for the forwarded calls.
Undocumented Feature: You can forward your calls for free to another Skype name, eg. from your home PC to your work PC.
Use the Skype Instant Messaging (IM) function:Very useful, especially during phone conferences or if the voice line breaks - you can still communicate via a IM-style "chat".
Use the Skype file-transfer function:Very useful, especially during phone conferences - you can exchange files in the background. SkypeOut credit. Click here for more Skype SMS Texting info.
Note that if Skype goes off-line (which may not be immediately shown in the task-bar icon), clicking "Send SMS" does nothing - no error message is given!
The "Sent: dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm" record in the "History" tab is the only reliable confirmation that the SMS was sent. Here's an idea: Make an income by teaching English using Skype! Download the on-line English Teaching Guide. Pamfax integrates with Skype and can send low-cost faxes worldwide. The Skax service is web-based.
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The Skype EasyGuide Booklet:This FREE comprehensive booklet covers all aspects of installing and using Skype. A special section shows how to get the most out of Skype.
Ch. 1: Introduction
Ch. 2: What is "Voice over IP" (VoIP)?
Ch. 3: Why use VoIP? (Real-life user stories)
Ch. 4: What is "Skype"?
Ch. 5: What do I need to use "Skype"? (PC compatibility)
Ch. 6: What type of Internet connection is required to use Skype? (incl. list of compatible internet services)
Ch. 7: I don't have a PC / Internet. What do I do?
Ch. 8: How do I install Skype? A step-by-step pictured guide
Ch. 9: OK, now let's test Skype!
Ch. 10: It's WORKING! So let's call someone!
Ch. 11: What do my calls cost?
Ch. 12: How do I send less-than-half-price SMSs?
Ch. 13: Using the Skype Instant Messaging (IM) chat function
Ch. 14: Getting the most out of Skype: Sending files, voice-mail, security, etc.
Ch. 15: TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
Each chapter explains the functions and set-up of Skype in step-by-step detail. Pictures show how it is done. Each chapter has a "What if..." trouble-shooting section! The authors of the "Skype EasyGuide" booklet, Sandra Thompson and Robert Northman, are non-technical users like you who have learnt the hard way and are now sharing their experiences with us...
Download your FREE 27-page "Skype EasyGuide" booklet now.
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Useful sites:The VoIP Skype FREE download site: www.Skype.com
Skype compatible head-sets and phones.
"Skype for Dummies", "VoIP for Dummies" and other useful Books and Guides will show you the Skype Secrets...
The official Skype support web site: http://Support.Skype.com
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Make Skype secure:It is preferable to exclude your personal data (birthdate, gender, home number, etc.) from your personal profile as it is visible and searchable for>100 million Skype users:
For more information on how to verify that an e-mail is from Skype, see http://Support.Skype.com.
How does Skype protect my privacy?Skype is encrypted end-to-end because it uses the internet to transport your voice calls and text messages and sometimes these calls are routed through other peers. Skype encryption ensures that no-one can eavesdrop on your call or read your instant messages.
Skype uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES, also known as Rijndael) which is used by U.S. Government organizations to protect sensitive information. AES uses 256-bit encryption, which has a total of 1.1 x 1077 possible keys, in order to actively encrypt the data in each Skype call or instant message. Skype uses 1024-bit RSA to negotiate symmetric AES keys. User public keys are certified by the Skype server at login using 1536-bit or 2048-bit RSA certificates. www.joltid.com and www.GIPSCorp.com).
1. Make a folder named "Skype" and create a "Data" subdirectory
2. Copy the file "skype.exe" into the "Skype" directory (download the latest version for free)
3. In the "Data" subdirectory, create a text file "Skype.bat" containing: skype.exe /datapath:"Data" /removable
4. Run the program from your USB stick...
1. In the home or office to monitor you will need a computer with internet and a webcam.
2. Create an additional Skype account HERE and log into that account on the monitor computer's Skype.
3. Setup the the monitor computer's Skype to enable the web-cam and auto-answer calls.
4. To monitor you home or office, call the monitor computer's Skype with your normal Skype - easy!
You can prevent Skype from using your Windows PC as a "SuperNode" by the following procedure:
1. Disable Skype from starting when Windows starts.
2. Disallow Skype modifying your Firewall settings (Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Connections).
3. Enable the Windows XP Firewall and un-check Skype on the "Exceptions" tab.
See also https://netweb.fnal.gov/skype/skype.htm
E-mail list for visually disabled Skype users: http://emissives.com/mailman/listinfo/skypeenglish_emissives.com
More technical information:Background on Skype (Wikipedia, much techie info and links): http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype
Official Skype Release Notes
Skype user and download statistics http://Share.Skype.com/stats_rss.xml and independent stats: www.nyanyan.to/skype/7d_chart.php
Skype user web status indicators: http://www.skype.com/share/buttons/index.html
HIDDEN Skype emoticons: www.semanticpool.de/hidden-skype-emoticons
Multiple Skypes on one PC: www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-run-multiple-versions-of-the-same-program-on-your-pc
Desktop Sharing: http://www.redferret.net/?p=9585
A professional blog for Skype techies: www.SkypeJournal.com
A blog on Skype usage and similar statistics: http://skypenumerology.blogspot.com
Read VoIP Textbooks and Guides to unlock the secrets of Voice-over-IP
Test your VoIP: www.TestYourVoIP.com
VoIP News: www.voip-news.com
Archive: Old versions of Skype
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