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ANOTHER simple text can crash your gadgets

ANOTHER simple text can crash your gadgets

I've recently reported on that wacky text message that anyone can send to crash your Apple iPhone or iPad. Android users seemed to take some comfort that the bug only affected Apple gear. But now there's a new message-based bug spreading that affects Windows, Android, and Apple iOS gadgets. It hits users of one of the most popular communication websites in the world.

If you use Skype, watch out!  You could be a victim of this security flaw. The bug arrives as a simple eight-character message through the Skype chat feature. Now we know it can permanently damage your Skype app. But follow along and I'll explain the fix for this tricky bug.

At first glance, the message looks like the first few characters of a website address:

Skype Chat Bug

If you receive this chat message, your Skype app will probably crash. Worse yet, every time you try to restart Skype it will crash. Skype has confirmed the bug. “We are aware of the problem and are working to provide a resolution,” a Skype spokesperson wrote.

Deleting the individual message does not erase the bug. If you try to do try to delete the message, you will receive the same error and can crash your Skype entirely. To fix this unpleasant bug for good on your desktop application, all you need to do is head over to the Skype website and download the latest version.

If you were sent this message through your smartphone, just go to your app store type in "Skype" in the search bar and update the app to the newest version.

You don't need to worry about uninstalling or deleting your current version. This update replaces the bugged version and your Skype should be up and running in no time. Catching up with far-away family can resume and you won't have to worry about what to do if you get sent the bug again. You are now completely protected!

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Source: The BBC
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