So, you’re a security-minded individual who uses a HW firewall, a client firewall, antivirus SW and anti-spyware SW to protect yourself, your computer and your privacy. Great! Now you’ve found a great way to communicate with your friends and family in a secure fashion: Skype! Well, let’s take a deep breath and have a closer look at Skype. Here’s a conversation between me and you:
You: I’ve found a way to communicate with my friends and my family in a secure fashion!
Me: Wow, that’s great. Tell me more about it.
You: It’s a voice-over-IP program with chat functionality.
Me: Sounds nice, but how exactly is it “secure”?
You: It encrypts everything with a 256-bit EAS algorithm – it’s unbreakable!
Me: Yes, 256-bit AES is a strong algorithm. Did you make sure to choose a long and complex passphrase when generating the master key to keep the implementation of the encryption as strong as the algorithm lets you?