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deleting old skype id and retaining linked microsoft account to login

Casual Adventurer

 Hi,

This is related to security. I have a skype account ID with lots of contacts.. However I was concerned about security so wanted to enable two step authentication for logging into skype.. after few trials, I came to know that it's enabled in microsoft account.

 

So I created a new microsoft account with same name ( myoldskypeid@live.com) and then linked that microsoft account with my old skype id. 

 

With that I have got two ways to login to my skype: 1. my old skype id and password 

2. my new microsoft account and it's password. 

 

Now, I want to delete my old skype id and just retain the new microsoft id to login to skype so that I just have one option to login to skype i.e microsoft account. and not the old skype id.

 

The reason for all this trouble is to enable the two factor authentication. old skype id doesn't seem to support it. 

 

Experts please help resolve the issue. 

 

Thanks in advance

Regards,

GS. 

 

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Moderator

HI, GSTech10, and welcome to the Community,

 

It has been explained to me that we cannot remove a Skype account that is linked to a Microsoft account, as doing so will disable the Skype account.  With the transition to Microsoft accounts, eventually we will all have one, single account.

 

Please see this FAQ article if you wish to do otherwise:

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34443/can-i-delete-my-skype-account-if-i-sign-in-with-a-microsoft...

 

Regards,

Elaine

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Casual Adventurer

Thanks Elaine for responding.. 

If we cannot delete the old skype account .. is there any other way to set up a two step authentication mechanism in skype account as we have for microsoft account? since a one step login ( password) these days is quite a security risk.

 

 

Regards,

GS

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Moderator

Hi, GSTech10,

 

I agree with you - most of my on-line accounts do not call for two-factor authentication.  I am not aware that Skype is set up for this, either --- however, will check with those to whom I report and post back.

 

Regards,

Elaine

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Casual Adventurer

Thanks.. I will await your response. hopefully some solution would be there to secure our skype accounts too. 

 

Regards,

GS

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Moderator

Hi, GSTech10,

 

Confirming Skype accounts do not have a facility to activate two-factor authentication.

 

Kind regards,

Elaine

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Casual Adventurer

Thanks for following this up.. Please mark this as a high priority request to enable to two factor authentication for skype too... it will make skpye more secure and less prone to hacks for passwords. 

 

Regards,

GS

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Casual Adventurer

Elaine, there is another concern... does skype version for android logs in via https or some other encrypted communication channel? since if it's not secure login then anyone can probably sniff the password on unsecure wifi. I am assuming that both the desktop version and android version have same login mechanism but wanted to confirm.  

 

Regards,

GS 

 

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The login is definitely not unencrypted.  Skype employs forms of HTTPS/SSL for all its communication.  It may deviate from the standard protocol following a proprietary format for communication in general but that doesn't make it any less secure.

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Casual Adventurer

thanks techfreak for the information.

 

regards,

GS

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