Encryption over Skype chat: Easy and free

For those of us who enjoy the privacy of encrypted chats, Skype has always been an issue. While Skype is encrypted to an extent (third parties would have to decrypt Skypes proprietary encryption), there is still an open policy within Skype itself. A chain is only as strong as it weakest link, so unless you know its secure end to end, you won’t know for sure.

Enter Adium and Pidgin with the OTR (Off The Record) encryption protocol. Install Adium for Mac or Pidgin for Windows/Mac/Linux and install the necessary addon plugins (Adium, Pidgin) to get Skype working.

Note: The native Skype app will still need to be run in the background for this setup to work, but you can minimize/hide it.

Once you have this setup on both ends (Adium/Pidgin with Skype plugin and OTR enabled), start a conversation, force OTR encryption and woalla… you are chatting private. Maximize/show the skype window and you can see your chat posts fly by in gibberish :) .

Now we just have to find a way to encrypt Skype voice/video chats and we’ll be all set.

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  1. #1 by Gianno on January 6, 2011 - 04:47

    I have found an easy way to encrypt Skype’s logs and history – Rohos Mini Drive – http://www.rohos.com/2010/12/keep-skype-access-password-protected-and-data-encrypted-and-safe/. Check it out!

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