June 20, 2007

Pidgin-Encryption Plugin

June 20, 2007

Pidgin is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, and Zephyr networks.

Pidgin-Encryption transparently encrypts your instant messages with RSA encryption. Easy-to-use, but very secure.

Pidgin-Encryption Plugin Features:

* Automatically creates a public/private key pair for you upon loading the plugin
* Automatically transmits your public key to other users.
* Supports 512 - 4096 bit keys.
* Saves keys of known users, and warns you if their public key has changed.
* Embeds all encryption and keys inside HTML, so if the other user doesn't have the plugin, they will get a little message telling them about the plugin, and won't get a screen full of garbage.
* Stores keys in human readable files in your .gaim/.pidgin directory, in case you ever need to copy/edit them by hand. Which you really shouldn't have to do.
* Automatically recognizes if you are chatting with someone who has the plugin- see the Preferences dialog.
* Available for the Windows version of Pidgin.
* Modular and extensible. If you want to define a different type of encryption, you can use this plugin as a wrapper to take care of transporting the encrypted binary over the IM pipe.

Encrypted Conversation Screenshots:

Pidgin Encryption Plugin Pidgin Encryption Plugin

Related post: A Reason to use Pidgin : Encryption !

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