Skype communications rely largely on peer-to-peer communications techniques in order to improve the quality of voice calls and to reduce the latency of data transfers between users. The term “peer-to-peer”, frequently written as “P2P”, is a class of software applications that rely on resources located at the network edge, such as the large number of individual personal computers that are always connected to the Internet, rather than relying on large and costly centralized computer servers. Itís this aspect of Skype networking that makes it incredibly robust and tolerant of network failures: Skype has no single “critical node” upon which the service relies for its operation.
So after several hours of stress and research, I could finally rest easy knowing that the computer had in fact not been infected by some form of malware.Well… maybe not the rest easy part. Our youngest daughter woke up crying several times after I laid down at 2:30 AM. After patting her back for a bit, walking her around and giving her some gas drops, the clock read 4:15 AM before I was able to call it a night.