One more tip; a lot of people in these rooms are pathological liars. On TV recently I saw a documentary about a gentleman who met a lady in a chatroom. She cleaned him out, financially and then was busy poisoning him.They change their "Nick Name" or "nic" and come in with a new name pretending to be somebody different. Fortunately his son got suspicious and lowered the boom.When you see this sort of abuse, you should, of course report it.

Skype: from FANTASTIC audio, VERY good video, file transfer, whiteboard, profile) ONE big problem with Skype: be warned!

Read the fine print; if your computer is not always online, e.g.

if you have a "dial-up" connection, Skype will USE YOUR bandwidth and YOU WILL BE CHARGED by your ISP if they use more than your monthly allowance.

Clearly, if you have a DSL or cable connection and are online 24/7 then there will be no problem.

In these "rooms" you will see a lot of acronyms used; to decipher them you can visit: Results?

search Text=yw Another place you can find acronyms and more is at people have a decent "Profile" about themselves in these programs.

Everything you typed is then "Written in Stone." And if you are "camming" with somebody so they can see you, they CAN TAKE YOUR PICTURE!! You really do not know WHO you are chatting with; it could be your business associate, your wife, your mother, your son/daughter.... About all these Vo IP tools are good for, IMHO, is to have "private chats" with friends or family.

One day I glanced at the chatter in a chat-room and noted a pervert trying to lure "girls ages 8 to 13" into lewd sex acts with him online and via cam to cam.

And remember, anything you type or anything you show with your camera CAN come back to haunt you.