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Old 07/11/2011, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my Touchpad on launch day, but didn't connect my existing Skype account to the Messaging on the Touchpad for a few days. Once I did... I started receiving unsolicited invites from spam-bots on Skype. I have tried blocking the sender when I get these invites, but I keep getting more invites from the same people I supposedly blocked.

I tried to find Skype settings on the Touchpad, but they are very basic, and as far as I could see... have no privacy type controls. I went back to my computer and used the Skype software on my PC, and confirmed that I had my Skype account set to only accept people on my contact list (and yes I confirmed that the spam-bots were't accidentally on my contact list).

Is anyone else having this problem, and have you figured out how to stop it? I really don't want to dis-associate my Skype account from Synergy, as I would lose my ability to make video calls to my wife on her Touchpad.
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Old 07/11/2011, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I got my Touchpad on launch day, but didn't connect my existing Skype account to the Messaging on the Touchpad for a few days. Once I did... I started receiving unsolicited invites from spam-bots on Skype. I have tried blocking the sender when I get these invites, but I keep getting more invites from the same people I supposedly blocked.

I tried to find Skype settings on the Touchpad, but they are very basic, and as far as I could see... have no privacy type controls. I went back to my computer and used the Skype software on my PC, and confirmed that I had my Skype account set to only accept people on my contact list (and yes I confirmed that the spam-bots were't accidentally on my contact list).

Is anyone else having this problem, and have you figured out how to stop it? I really don't want to dis-associate my Skype account from Synergy, as I would lose my ability to make video calls to my wife on her Touchpad.
Block Calls From Non-Contacts
from skypes desktop client

1
Click "View" on the menu at the top of your application window.

2
Click "Statusbar" in the View menu only if it is not already checked.

3
Locate the status bar at the bottom of the Skype window. Click the downward-pointing arrow to view your options.

4
Prevent calls from people who are not on your contact list by disabling the "Skype Me" mode. See the Tips section below for other options.



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Old 07/12/2011, 04:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Block Calls From Non-Contacts
from skypes desktop client

1
Click "View" on the menu at the top of your application window.

2
Click "Statusbar" in the View menu only if it is not already checked.

3
Locate the status bar at the bottom of the Skype window. Click the downward-pointing arrow to view your options.

4
Prevent calls from people who are not on your contact list by disabling the "Skype Me" mode. See the Tips section below for other options.



Read more: How to Block Unwanted Calls on Skype | eHow.com How to Block Unwanted Calls on Skype | eHow.com
Thank you for your reply! I'm not sure what version of the Skype desktop client you are running (I'm running version 5.3.0.116), but I don't even have "Statusbar" as an option under the view menu. My privacy setting are under the Tools, Options, Privacy... and I have EVERYTHING set to "people in my contact list only". Calls, videos, IMs... everything. I also don't have any other services that are allowed to use Skype.

I'm still a bit unhappy that HP doesn't include any of those settings for Skype under the messaging settings. I really wish there was a standalone version of Skype with the full set of options and controls. Jamming it into the messaging app feels a little half baked.

Has anyone figured out how to access the camera OUTSIDE of the messaging app?
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Old 07/26/2011, 09:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm having the same issue as the OP with numerous unwanted Skype "invitations" on my TouchPad in spite of setting every available privacy option in every client I have to "Contacts Only." My desktop Skype client is version 5.3.0.120 and says it is the latest, and I also can't find any way to follow the steps posted by sketch42. Privacy configuration is most likely stored locally by each client app/device, and not globally for your account--meaning the desktop Skype client has some privacy option that's missing from the WebOS Messaging app, and we're stuck until that changes. Waiting for that would be a lot easier to tolerate if the process for denying the spammy invitations and blocking the senders worked reliably.

I spent a long time in chat with HP Support today trying to deal with one specific notification that I could not dismiss because its Deny button wouldn't respond. Their troubleshooting path inevitably led toward a complete repaving. I preferred living with the pothole in this case, so I sent in a diagnostic log instead. With further solo tinkering I was able to resolve the problem. Support had me delete my Skype account from the TouchPad, but the message and its unresponsive red X button surprisingly persisted, even after restarting. I had not yet tried the "Block" button because I found previous similar spam would just reappear after the next device restart unless I tapped Deny before tapping Block. Next I dug around in the privacy options in my Windows Skype client, found the sender of my undismissable "invitation" on the list of blocked users, and *removed* that blocking entry. After that, I restarted the TouchPad, recreated my Skype account on it, and restarted it again. I can't remember whether the problem message vanished without further interaction or just started behaving properly so that I was able to Deny & Block it normally, but either way it's gone now, so the magic ingredient is in there somewhere. Sorry I can't offer a more definitive recipe, but hopefully the clues are there to help someone else avoid rebuilding from scratch unnecessarily.
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Old 07/26/2011, 09:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Quick clarification: Where explained above that I had not yet tried the Block button and why, I meant to add that I next *did* try the Block button, and found that it did respond, even though the Deny button still did not. I expected it to reappear after the next restart as other messages had before, but I don't think it did, possibly because the Skype account had already been removed and was not recreated until after the next restart.
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