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NewsForge: How to Keep Instant Messaging Off the Record

“Sometimes encryption isn’t enough to keep your conversations
private. With standard encryption, it’s theoretically possible for
someone to steal your secret encryption keys and decipher the
conversation. For conversations that need to be kept confidential,
the Off-the-Record (OTR) plugin for Gaim saves the day. It leaves
no trace of a conversation ever having taken place.

“OTR was developed by two security researchers, Ian Goldberg and
Nikita Borisov, at the University of California at Berkeley…”

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