David Shaw dshaw@jabberwocky.com
Sun Nov 10 00:19:01 2002

On Sat, Nov 09, 2002 at 03:08:40PM -0600, Shawn K. Quinn wrote:

> IMO, a likely reason that AOL wants to deprecate ICQ is because by 
> default AIM sends all messages through the server *without encryption*. 
> I think this can be worked around but a better solution is to not use 
> any AOL-owned IM service at all (especially in light of the fact that 
> AOL forces a proprietary mail client on all of its users and it does 
> not allow for any external plug-ins at least as of LTIC, meaning the 
> use of encrypted e-mail through AOL is painful at best). It makes much 
> more sense to me to either start a new IM service with an emphasis on 
> security or adapt e.g. Jabber to use OpenPGP keys when available.

Note that the "gabber" Jabber client uses GnuPG for encryption.  I
don't use it myself, but I have heard it is quite nice.  I believe the
gabber folks plan to remove GnuPG support and replace it with
something Jabber-specific.


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