Skype and my personal phone number…
A few days ago I had to use Skype again, after several years, in order to talk with a few friends of mine. I did had an account, but I was not really diligent and I did not remember well all details (password, attached email, and so on) so I decided to create a new account. After all, since I was not using Skype for several years, it was not a big deal to change identity on it. So far so good: a couple of minutes after I was already logged in and using Skype. After three or four days, I had to sign in again to make a call, but Skype refuses to let me log in stating I have to contact Microsoft account server to gain details about what was going wrong. And so I did. With surprise, Microsoft was claiming that my fresh account was generating too much spam, and has been locked accordingly. Uhm, how can I generate spam without having connected to any Microsoft-service? Strange, but hey, this is Microsoft, so I bindly believed they are doing the right thing and asked for unlocking my account. In order to get unlocked you need to insert a randomly generated numeric code that has to be sent only via SMS. Wait a minute: I never told to Skype (and therefore to Microsoft) what my personal phone number was, so how could they send me an SMS? Easy pal: I had to provide my personal phone number so that I can get my account unlocked, and yes, there was no other option available! Therefore, to recap:
- I got a new Skype account;
- after a couple of days my account was locked without any evidence of producing any bit of spam;
- I had to provide my personal phone number in order to get Skype working again.