When whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that full extent of the NSA's activities last year, members of the site's tech forum started talking about the need for a more secure alternative to Skype.
The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images.
But it's also the birthplace of one of the latest attempts to subvert the NSA's mass surveillance program.
As someone who’s had to learn a few hard-and-fast lessons about how to be conscientious of my sexual health at all times, the initial idea that cybersex or, more specifically, Skype sex, is anything but safe had me confused. When you consider the growth in the online dating world, where people are increasingly finding, meeting and getting to know potential partners, it's not surprising that so many people are knocking boots over the Web too.
As it turns out, this no-contact sex has a few unexpected risks. First consider the ins and outs of a cybersexual relationship. well, you get about 78 million results full of tips and places to meet people looking to hook up. After all, video provides the fantasy of starring in your own sexy flick ... Plus, Skype sex is really just an extension of what's been happening online for a long time, only now there's a really solid way for people to make a home run of it.
Which makes going online to mix, mingle and maybe even hook up almost as acceptable as doing it a local singles club. After all, you can see who you're talking to, and you're safe and sound in the comfort of your own home, right?
With millions of users worldwide, Skype is becoming a widely distributed communication tool. When you think of it that way, who wouldn’t want to try Skype sex? But keep in mind that the screen only lets you see what the other person wants you to see.Like so many other new tools, it's still in the early stages of development and has yet to receive the scrutiny that other security tools, such as the instant messaging encryption plugin Off The Record has.But it endeavors to carve a unique niche within the secure communications ecosystem.'Up to your imagination'The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever -- not even ones that you would host yourself. Get some tips on how to stay safe in Safe Sext: 5 Free Smartphone Apps That Keep Things Private.)As you might imagine, there aren't any statistics on how many people are hooking up over Skype, but what we do know is that Skype had more than 40 million users in 2012 and that if you type "Skype sex" into a search engine ...There are 54 million single people in the United States; 40 million have tried online dating. Plus, a study conducted in February 2012 by researchers at Rochester University shows us that the stigma of online dating sites as "online cantinas of the unsociable, inept and the sleazy anti-social," has finally fallen away. Here's the thing: While dating sites have had problems weeding out the deceptive and the criminal, Skype users can fall prey to over-confidence in their ability to safely screen and communicate with potential partners.Instruct him to do a little striptease and masturbation for your viewing pleasure." title="" src="data:image/gif;base64, R0l GODlh AQABAIAAAAAAAP///y H5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="https://hips.hearstapps.com/cos.h-cdn.co/assets/cm/14/25/539fd5c2c3363_-_cos-05-sexy-topless-woman-touching-herself-de.jpg?