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Secure Instant Messaging

  • How Safe Is ICQ?
    This site gives all sorts of security information about ICQ plus lots of links to all sorts of interesting ICQ-related programs. Be sure to visit.

  • Langa Letter: More Instant-Messaging Security Holes
    Here's another interesting article that deals with instant messenger security problems.

  • Hijackers take AIM accounts
    This article by Kevin Poulsen explains how hackers exploit loopholes in AOL's signup process to hijack AIM accounts.

  • Instant messaging--better safe than sorry
    Here's another good article by Steven Vaughan-Nichols.

  • Instant Messaging In Your Own Handwriting
    The idea of people sending their true handwriting around on instant messenger services is disturbing given the possibility of identity theft and forgery.

  • 8th Wonder
    A peek at the elegant "wonderware" selection of software on this site will give you an idea about how secure instant messengers really are. Is postal mail beginning to look better to you yet?

  • Multi ICQ
    The program allows up to a thousand different ICQ or AIM windows to be open at one time (i.e. several different UIN's could be running at once). So, be careful. Who you thought were two different people could be one person who is just fooling you!

  • ICQ Bulk Pager
    If you dislike spam, you will probably not want unsolicited instant messages, either. This program allows spammers to send messages to millions of ICQ users all at once.

  • Secure Shuttle Transport (SST)
    If you really want to use instant messaging, you may wish to consider this program. SST allows audio (voice) communication, text chat, conferencing, instant messaging, file transfers, and email attachments to be automatically encrypted with RSA encryption technology before transmission over the Net.

  • Top Secret Messenger (TSM)
    TSM is based on the Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) algorithm. Please note that the limited trial version supports only very weak 8-bit encryption.

    PGP-ICQ is a free plug-in application for ICQ that allows you to encrypt your ICQ messages using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).

A few articles about the perils of instant messaging are mentioned above - this is just a small sampling. A few more secure alternatives are also suggested. As with all software, etc., try any of it listed here at your own peril, and it is always wise to make a backup of your system before installing anything new.

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