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Configuring Computer for Skype

To ensure a trouble-free connection, you must follow the steps in this guide before using Skype on your Mac or PC:

Mac OS X

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen, select "System Preferences...";
  2. Select Security and Privacy;
  3. Ensure the Padlock in the lower-right-hand corner is unlocked;
  4. Select the Firewall tab;
  5. Click the Advanced button;
  6. Find Skype in the list;
  7. Choose to Block Incoming Connections for Skype;
  8. Click OK in the lower-right-hand corner;
  9. Close System Preferences.

You may now use Skype on your computer. To return to the overview document or find out how to create a high-quality videoconference, please click here.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the Start button and open the Control Panel;
  2. Click System and Security;
  3. Click Windows Firewall;
  4. Click Advanced Settings, located in the left column;
  5. Ensure by looking in the upper-left-hand corner of the window that you are in the Inbound Rules section;
  6. Find Skype in the list (there will be multiple entries);
  7. Double-click on the first entry;
  8. Select "Block the Connection;"
  9. Click Apply;
  10. Click OK to return to the list--you should now see a "Do Not Enter"-style icon next to the Skype entry, which means your action worked;
  11. Please do the same for the other Skype entries;
  12. After you're done, close the Firewall settings and Control Panel.

You may now use Skype on your computer. To return to the overview document or find out how to create a high-quality videoconference, please see the links below.

Other Videoconferencing Documents

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