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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #76. Manage (or Delete) Your Skype Public Profile

Having a comprehensive online public profile for Skype can be a great way for people to find you, but you should be careful in terms of what you make public and what you keep private.

Works with: Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X versions of Skype.

Your public profile is how you advertise whom and what you are to the Skype community. As such, it can be a great resource. But like any resource, it should be managed.

Before discussing how to manage (or delete) your Skype profile, it's worth pausing a moment or two to understand how Skype maintains your profile. Without such an understanding, you cannot manage your profile intelligently.

Your profile is stored on the Skype network. This is good in the sense that your profile follows you wherever you go: fly halfway around the world and log onto Skype, and there it will be; the same profile you last saw at home.

But because of how Skype's peer-to-peer technology works, your profile typically persists for only around 72 hours following your last use of Skype. That is, after 72 hours of being offline, someone who is searching for you by means of the profile you stored on the Skype network might not find you.

Another thing to bear in mind is that Skype names persist forever; that is, names are never recycled or reused. So, in some sense, you never can delete a Skype name. Later in this hack, I will show you how to get as close as possible to eradicating a Skype account from the face of the Earth! ...

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