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Most of us are aware of IM’s which we’ve used practially since the onset of their availability and since the BBS went out of fashion.

What many of us don’t know is that some companies save the contents of their instant messaging for up to two years and I don’t find myself impressed by that.

Instant messaging allows instantaneous communication between a number of parties at the same time, by transmitting their information so rapidly that is seems instant, and features instant acknowledgement as well as some other features such as web cam abilities, and speaking directly by voip for no cost.

In contrast to e-mail, both parties know when the other user is available. Most I’m software will allow the user to set an online status or away message so peers are notified when the user is available, busy, or away from the computer.

One of the best of these software’s, and among the more secure, is Pidgin, an open source project.

Pidgin is a graphical IM program that lets you sign on to AIM, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, and other IM networks including icq at the same time.

It uses GTK+and was formerly known as Gaim software.
Pidgin is for Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unixes. You can talk to your friends using AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr.

Pidgin can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AIM, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.

It offers more security than some of the others, is open source and is constantly under development and when an issue is found it’s patched nearly as rapidly as the for pay larger companies in use today.
If you are interested in a truly secure IM, take a look at Pidgin.


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