Skype is an online communication program that can be used from your computer, tablet, smart phone, etc. to talk to family and friends via video chat, voice calls, and text. You do not have to have a camera feature on your computer in order to use this online communication program. This online communication program is especially useful for those of you who have friends and family in different states or countries. It’s free and easy to use!
When you get to the www.Skype.com home page, click the green button on the upper right that says “Get Skype.” Once you have done that, click “Join us” which is in the top right hand corner of the page. Now you are ready to click “create an account,” there will be a series of steps for you to complete. First and foremost, you will enter your first and last name as well as your email address. After that, you will enter your profile information. This includes your birthday, gender, country, language, etc. However, you are not required to fill in all of that information if you are not comfortable doing so.
You will then be asked to create your Skype username and password. Make sure to come up with something creative, but do not use any personal information. A lot of users will use their name and birth year as a username, but I would suggest using something else so that strangers cannot gather any information on you based on your username such as your name and birthday or where you live.
After you have created your Skype account, you will be able to log in and personalize your Skype dashboard! You can add friends and family (if they have Skype as well), add a profile picture, your bio, and anything else you would like to add. You are also able to select whether you want to receive messages and calls from ALL users or just the ones in your contact list that you have personally added. Don’t forget that safety comes first! Skype is very easy to use, and can be very beneficial in many circumstances. Please note that Skype is NOT a replacement for your telephone and cannot be used to make emergency calls.
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