Solved

Skype Messaging History on a Mac

Posted on 2011-03-01
8
927 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Where is the messaging history located in Skype for a Mac?
Client trying to determine if chat message came from her computer or some one elses computer by someone that had her userid and password.
Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:rickpary
  • 4
  • 4
8 Comments
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:AlanNMMX
ID: 35011519
Hi,

The chat files are located in ~Library/Application Support/Skype/<skype.username>. However here you will only find the Skype chat.dbb files, you may have to use an external application to view these.

By opening a chat with a user in Skype and typing the command "/htmlhistory" in the chat window will convert these .dbb files into friendly HTML ones.
0
 

Author Comment

by:rickpary
ID: 35011543
?
What does the tilda mean before the word library?
0
 

Author Comment

by:rickpary
ID: 35011561
And does this record only what was typed on that particular computer?
0
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access

With the new era of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets, wireless communications and cloud services, the USDA sought to take advantage of a mobilized workforce and the blurring lines between personal and corporate computing resources.

 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:AlanNMMX
ID: 35011625
The tilde just means current users home directory ~ is simply a shortcut for /Users/<mac.username>

As for messages from that computer only, sometimes Skype can sync the messages. However your client would of seen this happening as it does not do it hidden. It opens the chat window and all the messages appear suddenly as if someone is talking extremely fast.
0
 

Author Comment

by:rickpary
ID: 35011926
ok, I know nothing about macs, how do I navigate to this file?
two, so its possible the messages are archived on that computer from the other computer?
It would synch any typing from either computer?
0
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:AlanNMMX
ID: 35012006
Quickest way to navigate to this folder would be selecting finder (The blue faced icon on the dock). Then at the very top of the screen select "Go -> Go to Folder" menu option. This will result in a small box being shown. Type "~/Library/Application Support/Skype/" without quotes and press go. Then you should be able to see some folders one of these will be the username of your clients Skype account. Here you will find the chat*.dbb files. But as I said these are not really useable and may have to use an external application to view them.

It is possible messages to be archived that were typed on the other location. It normally only happens if you login between computers in a short period of time.
0
 

Author Comment

by:rickpary
ID: 35012087
ok, got it, so there is no way to determine if the messages came from subject computer or a different computer if some had there username and password correct?
Thanks tons for your help....
0
 
LVL 4

Accepted Solution

by:
AlanNMMX earned 500 total points
ID: 35012166
If your client does NOT use his/her Skype on different computers, but has seen what I was describing earlier with a chat window opening and messages appearing very quickly. This would show someone has accessed the account.

Apart from that, it would be very problematic. As the chat logs do not record what computer sent the message.
0

Featured Post

Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In certain circumstances, a Microsoft Office mac application may fail to save a document to a network server, with the following error message: "There has been a network or file permission error. The network connection may be lost." An article at…
The /etc/authorization file in Mac OS X 10.x can be used to control access to the various panes of the System Preferences amongst other things. It’s used by some of us Mac Sys Admin’s to give Standard Users access to System Prefs panes that only adm…
The goal of the tutorial is to teach the user how to instant message and make a video call in Skype.
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …

809 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question