Skype adds 3G calling and fixes security hole in latest update

Skype has gone ahead and fixed a security hole in their Android application that could have allowed third party apps to access your Skype information such as name, email, chat logs, contacts, and more. In addition to fixing the security holes, they have also enabled 3G calling worldwide, including the U.S.

Android Police reported that they found a major flaw with the way Skype for Android stored information on devices. Instead of encrypting the data that was stored on your phone, they left it in plain text, for any other program to access. Android Police demonstrated how easy it was for a rogue developer to access the information and released a proof of concept app to show the world just what type of information was available. Rogue applications could get personal information such as contact information, your complete contact list, chat logs, account balance, and more.

Skype responded with the following message:

It has been brought to our attention that, were you to install a malicious third-party application onto your Android device, then it could access the locally stored Skype for Android files.

These files include cached profile information and instant messages. We take your privacy very seriously and are working quickly to protect you from this vulnerability, including securing the file permissions on the Skype for Android application.

To protect your personal information, we advise users to take care in selecting which applications to download and install onto their device.

Today, Skype announced that the vulnerability in Skype for Android had been fixed. They recommend that you upgrade Skype as soon as possible.

Along with the upgrade comes the ability to make calls over 3G. Since its release on Android, making calls with Skype had been limited to WiFi only in the United States. With 3G calling enabled, you will now be able to make calls just about any where. The benefits of using Skype over 3G is that you won’t be using any of your plan’s minutes. It will go against your data usage though, so make sure that you have an unlimited data plan

Update or download the Skype for Android application from the Android Market.

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