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What is Skype?

Since its official launch in 2003, Skype has quickly become one of the most popular online communication tools, used everyday by millions of people all over the world.

The application is available on your desktop, tablet and mobile and allows you to chat, call and make video conversations with anyone who also uses the service and has Internet connection. Users can also send files and video recorded messages to each other and have teleconferences with their friends, family, colleagues or business partners.

Why is Skype blocked?

As Skype offers free calls over the Internet, many telecommunication companies, ISPs and governments often restrict access to Skype and other VoiP (Voice over IP) services. This is obviously done in an effort to eliminate competition and to take control over mass communication.

Countries like China, Syria, Oman, Turkey and Malaysia block Skype nationwide, while some parts of Asia, Caribbean, and the Middle East often experience partial service restrictions. So if you are on vacation or studying in one of these regions and wish to see your family or have a video chat with your friends, you may have trouble doing that.

The service may be also blocked on local networks, which is why you may not be able to access your Skype account while at school or your workplace.

In response to this, people are increasingly turning to VPN services for unrestricted access to Skype and other blocked services.

How to unblock Skype?

Websites or services are typically blocked by denying users access based on their IP addresses. Each time you connect to the Internet, your device is assigned an IP address revealing the country you’re in, whereby any content restrictions valid in that country would be applied to you as well.

NordVPN allows you connecting to hundreds of remote VPN servers, which switches your IP address to a location where Skype isn’t restricted. It also secures your traffic data with strong encryption and keeps no logs of your online activities. This way you can be sure your sensitive data is safe while you’re chatting with your family or friends.


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