I just downloaded the beta version of Skype 5.0 for mac.
My first impression was that it looks a bit like a doro phone, but online.
(you know, those phones with big buttons for “old people”)
They really dumbed it down a bit too much I think.
Then I went into my preference setting to check if there were any significant changes there, and I found that the function for automatically accepting files (from your contacts only) is removed. Now you can only select “Automatically accept incoming files”.
Is this a potential risk?
By selecting that you want to auto-accept files only from people on your contact list, I felt a bit safer.
It was a great setting that I would recommend everyone to activate, especially if you share files with friends frequently. (on the old version, that is)
This saves you from having to call your friend/colleague who’s asleep at the desk to tell him/her to press that damn button to accept the file you’re trying to send for urgent approval so you can continue working..
But now I’m not so sure..
I occasionally get skype messages from total strangers (why, I don’t know..), and I really don’t want just anyone to be able to send me anything at any time.
Hopefully this will be “fixed” by the time the final version arrives.