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Active RetireesTM | 41 TECH GUIDE Talk non-stop with family and friends over Christmas without blowing the budget on your phone bill. Drew Patchell explains how to use Skype. Skype is a downloadable software program that allows you to communicate with friends and family all over the world. Skype has three main functions: free Skype-to-Skype voice calls, cheap Skype-to-phone voice calls and free Skype-to-Skype video calls. Setting it up Before downloading the program, you will need to register for a free account with Skype. To register, visit the Skype website (www.skype.com/go/register) and follow the prompts. Now that you have registered, you will need to download and install Skype on your computer. To download Skype, visit www.skype.com/go/download and click on the 'Download Skype' button inside the 'Skype Free' box. You will now be prompted to download Skype and presented with an easy-to-follow installation guide. Follow all of the steps listed in the guide and use the details you used to register in order to login. Adding a contact Now that you have logged into your account, it is time to add some of your friends to your Skype contacts list. To do this, click on 'Contacts' in the navigation menu at the top of the Skype screen and then click 'Add a Contact' from the drop-down menu. Type the person's email address, phone number, full name or Skype name (if you know it) as instructed and then click the '+ Add' button. You can now send that person a detailed contact request message. Once you have customised the message, click 'Send Request'. Once the contact has accepted your request, you can start talking to them online. Making a Skype-to-Skype voice call A free service, you can make Skype-to- Skype calls to anywhere in the world, » The Skype's the limit George Kimpton's Q&A Q Recently I have seen articles in the newspaper about criminals buying old computers to access the personal data stored on them. How can I keep my information safe when I am discarding or selling my old computer? Security of data on old computers should be taken seriously. Did you know that deleting files does not remove the actual information they contain and that that data will remain accessible to any one who knows how to reach it? There are three ways to solve this problem. 1. Overwrite the file information by saving a new file that is saved where the old file resided on the hard drive and effectively overwrites it. 2. Take steps to overwrite the old data with special software or fully reformat the hard drive (don't be satisfied with a 'fast reformat' as this won't overwrite all of the data). But beware, doing this means all data and information on the hard drive will be lost. 3. Take your computer to a reputable technician who knows what they are doing and ask that they overwrite all your data. Have a question? Send it to George Kimpton. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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