Target, a retail chain in the United States, is the company whose security was breached recently in a fairly massive theft of account information from their customers. Unfortunately, this gets really complicated really quickly. Compromised companies like Target try to do the right thing for their customers, but of course there’s always somebody who wants to come along and take further advantage of the situation.
While this does seem like a very specific scenario and a very specific concern, I want to address it because it’s a fine example of what a lot of people just don’t seem to realize, something that’s very important about the nature of hacking, malware, and compromised machines.
To directly answer your question, yes, absolutely. If your machine has been hacked into or is compromised in some way, then a hacker could certainly record your Skype video calls.
But the problem here is that it’s much, much worse than that.
Blue screens can happen for a variety of reasons. These days, driver issues are probably number one on that list, tied with problems at shut down.
A lot of people are wanting to extend the life of their Windows XP machines. What you’re suggesting is not unreasonable, but I have questions about whether or not it’s going to be useful.
I experience almost the exact same thing from time to time. I too, have a quad core machine and occasionally it will be running at exactly 25% CPU usage as only one of the cores is maxed out by some program that I’m running.
But I know why.
Unfortunately, seamless is a word that I’m really reluctant to use when moving to a new machine. We can move most of what you want, but the steps to do so aren’t what I’d call “seamless”.