Does a secure IM exist?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by HelpFromFrance, Jul 26, 2005.

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  1. HelpFromFrance

    HelpFromFrance Registered Member

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    What I am worried about is if I have Trillian or some other IM running can "hackers" get in and cause problems? I have a router with firewall, I have a software firewall, but the fact that the IM client is sitting there open worries me. If I use one I set it up where no one can see me but those on my list, but I have heard of people having problems with "ahckers" coming in through the IM client. Just wondering.

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  3. HelpFromFrance

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    ronjor,

    Thanks for the info, I am not sure if I want to use one for the little I would get from it. I used Triallian for a while and what I really liked best about it was not IM, but that I had 2 plugins that were great, one showed the weather in any city in the world and the other world time zones. since I have to deal with both of those situations, I loved them but became concerned about the security of IM and dumped them, oh well :oops:

    Thanks again & have a good day,
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  4. ronjor

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    HelpFromFrance

    I feel the same way. :)
     
  5. StevieO

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    Are you aware of this security App which could help.

    IMsecure + IMsecure Pro

    Keep IM conversations private
    Protect vulnerable IM connections
    IMsecure is free for individual and not-for-profit charitable entity use (excluding governmental entities and educational institutions).

    http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_ims.jsp


    StevieO
     
  6. HelpFromFrance

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    StevieO,

    Thanks for the info, but I am not really worried about the messages, I never write anything important anyway :D . I am more worried about the IM client leaving an open access to my computer while it it running. Since my computer is running all the time and hooked up to Internet all the time, I am concerned more about that.

    Again thanks for the info,
    HelpFromFrance
     
  7. solarpowered candle

    solarpowered candle Registered Member

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    could you not change your preferences so that msn will not start unless you manually start it. then when you close msn messenger it will close completely and the connection closed. ( i use windows messenger this way and it works for me)
     
  8. HelpFromFrance

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    solarpowered candle,

    Thanks for the suggestion, but my problem is that I am in one time zone and those that I "chat" with are in a time zone 7 hours behind me and I cannot know at what times they will come online, so more or less if I use it I need to leave it running. I will think about your idea and possible ways to implement it.

    Have a great day,
    HelpFromFrance

    P.S. I know I am being difficult and that I want my cake and eat it too. :D
     
  9. gottadoit

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    Have you had a look at Cryptosuite, it has a secure "chat" component

    It isn't tied to a particular port and not many people will be able to connect because they won't have the client or the password, so from that point of view it is more secure than most by virtue of being secure and obscure

    It might be worth having a look at it, the forum is here at Wilders

    Regards
     
  10. HelpFromFrance

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    gottadoit,

    Thanks I will take a look at that. I do appreciate you taking the time to help.

    Have a good day,
    HelpFromFrance
     
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