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messenger, AOL,MSN,yahoo which is the best
I never used any yet

 10:54 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have never used a messenger yet and I know its about time, but I have always worried about privacy issus and how save it is to comunicate.

If you making a deal or contract with another company you dont want it to be a open book and which has the best features for the future.




 10:59 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I know people who use all of them

actually, I have accounts with each, also icq and skype

there are also other clients like gaim, trillian, amsn among many, many others.

they are all a little different but mostly have the same features.

<added>there are also encryption add ons for all them around as well


 11:01 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

great now I realy dont know which one to use, I have thought about yahoo and maybe trillian.



 11:02 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I use trillian and it allows me to connect to multiple accounts of AIM, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo all at once. It has a lot of nice features as well, one of them being containers, so that all messages go to one container which is just one window with a tabbed interface to get all your messages.

This way you can talk to anyone you want no matter what service.



 11:03 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

if you know people who use different ones then it is good to have gaim or trillian which are both multi network clients.


 11:08 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I agree, and have used Trillian and found it to be excellent for cross-platform compatability. However I'm not sure about its security levels.


 11:09 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

To use trillian I have get a account somewhere right?, which must that be, any ratings.


p.s I just got my new widscreen laptop, you all know in the start you dont want to download all useless thing, first after 2 month.


 11:24 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Here is some of Yahoos privacy

When you register we ask for information such as your name, email address, birth date, gender, zip code, occupation, industry, and personal interests. For some financial products and services we may also ask for your address, Social Security number, and information about your assets. Once you register with Yahoo! and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us.
Yahoo! collects information about your transactions with us and with some of our business partners, including information about your use of financial products and services that we offer.
Yahoo! automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, Yahoo! cookie information, and the page you request.
Yahoo! uses information for the following general purposes: to customize the advertising and content you see, fulfill your requests for products and services, improve our services, contact you, conduct research, and provide anonymous reporting for internal and external clients

Im not sure if I want to use such a product if they collect every information.



 11:45 pm on May 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Look - you don't want to send CC info, passwords and whatnot over chat - but your usually day to day "hey what's up" is not likely to be intercepted, and even if it is, so what?

Trillian and Gaim are just programs that let you use any of the major chat networks. It is no big deal to sign up for a free Y! ID or one from hotmail. I personally have accounts with Aol messenger, Y! and Hotmail - which lets me IM just about anyone and instead of running 3 separate programs, I just run Trillian. It also notifies my if I have email - since I use a Y! email address for my Amazon account, as an example.


 12:01 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Most of the people I talk to online have Aol Instant Messenger. In my experience it has been the most popular, but maybe it's just the people I know. Even though it isn't my favorite feature-wise, I ended up using it as my main messenger program anyway just because it's what everyone else has.

I also have trillian and love it, but it has always been very buggy for me. So if a stable and secure program are a priority for you, I wouldn't recommend it. Even if you do get trillian, you will still have to sign up for an account with the other messenger services.


 12:10 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks every one, I signed up at msn and im gonna us trillian.

thanks, zeus


 5:43 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Good choice! Also, just stick with trillian basic, I see no need for purchasing their professional version, unless you really need certain plug-ins which no one "really" does.



 6:15 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Look - you don't want to send CC info, passwords and whatnot over chat - but your usually day to day "hey what's up" is not likely to be intercepted, and even if it is, so what?

Patrick, have you checked out simp and its related products at secway.com?


 6:49 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sign up for MSN Messneger, AIM, and Yahoo.

When you install AIM and Yahoo messenger clients, make sure to READ what you are installing. They will try to put all kinds of crap on your machine if you aren't paying attention and go with the default install.

Trillian was alright in the beginning, but got tired of it, so an uninstall was in order.

They all run in the background if I want them to.


 8:00 am on May 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I like MSN best and since most people I know already have a hotmail address it is the easiest for others to go with.

Another thing is that it is already installed on WinXP which makes it even for my parents easy to sign up now they have a new computer :).

I also use ICQ and Yahoo. However ICQ looks too dull and old as well is quite slow in sending messages.

Yahoo has the problem that it is not possible to hide for just a couple people. You have to hide for everone or noone. (In MSN you can just block a couple people you don't like to talk to for a day or 2).

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