Sunday, April 18, 2010

How to Make Instant Messaging Secure?

Do you often talk a lot of time with IM friends, family and colleagues ? Did you know that your chat sessions can be hacked easily or seen by someone other than the person you are chatting with? A lot of people assume that their chat session is secure and encrypted, but this is not true.

It’s even easier for someone to see what you’re chatting about if you are using IM at cyber cafĂ©, work area or on an open network. Tools like MSN-sniffer can easily display MSN chat text for other users connected to the same network, and there are many others for different chat programs. Even if you are chatting from home, there is a chance that someone could be snooping on your chat sessions. Thankfully, it is pretty easy to protect your chats from prying eyes, keep reading to learn how.

If you want to make sure the only person who sees your chat text is the person you are chatting with you should look for an option in your chat program to turn on encryption. Most often, this will be in the settings menu labeled, ‘Encrypt chat session’. This may sound very technical but believe me, it’s not. Nowadays most IM programs include some form of chat session encryption that can be turned on with a few mouse clicks.

But what if your favorite IM client still doesn’t support encryption? Don’t worry! There are plenty of free programs to encrypt your instant messaging sessions.

Examples of free chat encryption software include:

BitDefender chat encryption: BitDefender chat encryption software keeps your instant messages safe from hacking through a simple and automatic encryption process. In order to use BitDefender you’ll need to make sure that the person you are chatting with has also installed BitDefender. BitDefender chat encryption works on Yahoo messenger and MSN messenger.

Features:

* When conversation is initiated, BitDefender starts the encryption process automatically.
* Top level encryption: BitDefender makes sure that your contact is the only one who can read the messages.
* BitDefender is free to download.

Visit BitDefender site for more information and to download the tool.

Simp Lite: Simp Lite is another free alternative to encrypt your chat session. Simp Lite is free version of the Simp product line. Simp Lite supports to 4 different messenger protocols including; Yahoo messenger, MSN, ICQ/AOL messenger (AIM) and Jabber/Google talk.

The limitation of Simp Lite is that you have to use separate software with each IM client. So if you want to use Simp lite with Yahoo Messenger you have to use Simp Lite for Yahoo Messenger. Likewise you would need the correct version for each of the other supported chat programs. Additionally, only one of these versions may be running at a time so if you chat on multiple networks you may want to look at a paid version of Simp.

Features:

* Can handle encrypted and unencrypted chat
* Available for 4 different Instant Messaging protocols.
* Encrypt conversation using state-of-the-art technology.

Please visit Simp Lite site for more information or download Simp Lite software for your chat program from the following links:

* Simp Lite for Yahoo messenger
* Simp lite for MSN messenger
* Simp lite for ICQ/AIM messenger
* Simp lite for Jabber/Google talk

IMCrypto: IMCrypto is a free application which encrypts your chat session and lets you establish secure instant messenger connections by using a private and public key. In order to use IMCrypto, the person you are chatting with will also need to install it.

How it works:

1. Launch IMCrypto.
2. Launch your instant messenger.
3. Choose the person in your contact list that you want to communicate securely with and double-click to start conversation. Note: IMCrypto must be installed on both sides to provide secure conversation.
4. On the left side of the chat window you will see the IMCrypto Toolbar.
5. Click on “Quick Start” button.
6. The person you want to chat with will receive a message with the following prompt: “This contact wants to establish IMCrypto secure conversation with you. Accept?” He should click “Yes”.
7. Automatic public key exchange occurs and the contact is stored into IMCrypto contacts database which can be accessed from the IMCrypto Control Center.
8. Now your messages are encrypted and the conversation is secure.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Freo Messenger is an all-in-one utility for Web messaging.



Freo Messenger is a multi-mode IM that can be run in Windows OS whose support includes AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN and Jabber; it also allows you to make use of other popular instant messaging protocols including Gadu-Gadu, Netsend, Skype, Yahoo.

If you're trying to find the most user-friendly instant messenger client to talk instantly in real-time using the Internet connection, Freo is one of the best options available - it's totally free and clean Windows multi-capable instant messenger client.

Download it for free and you will be able to chat with friends, make free voice calls, share a webcam, listen to online radio station and share files.

Freo Messenger stores a plethora of great features (all you would expect from an IM program like chat, photo sharing, custom skins and chat transcript archives.) designed to create an enjoyable communication experience - a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues.

The program comes with support for AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN and Jabber; additionally it provides a plug-in system that allows you to include other popular instant messaging protocols such as Gadu-Gadu, Yahoo, Netsend, Skype, and more which make it virtually an all-in-one messaging app.

Its user-friendliness doesn't stop here - Freo Messenger was developed also for portability, it lets you run it from a USB flash drive or other similar removable storage tools but also gives you the possibility to use additional features such as Clock, Weather and RSS Feed Reader.

Freo has also the advantage of little resource consumption while offering speed and numerous options.

Requirements
MS Windows; Internet connection

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