Skype: Messing With My Contacts?


  1. PeteCress

    PeteCress Well-Known Member

    I just noticed that my Android Contacts have a new group named "PeteCress" (which is my Skype ID), and a contract for each person in Skype's "Contacts" list. No idea when this started...

    WTF???

    Is Skype adding entries to my Android contacts? Or might it be adding to my gMail contacts?

    I can't tell about gMail bc I recently deleted all contacts from gMail.

    Stepped through Skype's settings, but nothing jumped out at me vis-a-vis messing around with my contacts - gMail or otherwise.

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  2. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    Skype sometimes syncs without you knowing. You can always go to accounts and sync and stop it, or even go into your contacts and settings and then choose to not show the Skype contacts.
  3. PeteCress

    PeteCress Well-Known Member

    Call me paranoid, but I find that tb unsettling - to say the least.

    If Skype can mess around with my Android contacts without me even knowing about it, who else can?

    I'm thinking in terms of somebody harvesting my Android contacts for sale to spammers.

    Any idea who Skype is synching with? (gMail, Android?)


    Edit 2012 12-14 1034:

    I think I've got it:

    [Andorid] > Settings > Accounts and sync > (SkypeID) Skype > Sync Contacts = False





    Edit 2012 12-14 1022:

    I may have answered my own question vis-a-vis who Skype is synching with.

    Renamed a Skype contact via Windows's Skype, waited about 10 min, Android's Skype saw the renamed entry, checked Android Address Book and sure enough: that contact had been renamed.

    Went to my gMail page, and I think my contact list is still empty. "Think" bc I no longer see anything on the page that explictly says "Contacts" - only "Circles", which is empty.
  4. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    Yes the syncing options is exactly what i wanted you to do.

    Also moving this thread into the Android Applications forum :)
  5. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Well-Known Member

    A while ago Skype changed it's policies around Contacts access and permissions. While I know this was an attempt to keep updated, I don't like the fact that it wants full access to contacts. I have no problem with it updating and accessing info within a Skype account to stay updated, but accessing outside Skype is not something I'm willing to agree to.
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