MSN Messenger Encryption and Privacy
Here's a very shiny program, Secway's SIMP MSN IM Security Solution. Mark Hammond turned me onto it, and it's very slick. It's slick for a few reasons.
- It flat out just works. This is partially because of its interface, and partially because of it's architecture.
- It's a local SOCKS proxy server that sits between your MSN Messenger and the service. This makes the application transparent to MSN Messenger.
- It also works with Trillian, which, as an aside, is a program that Patrick Cauldwell swears by, but I just haven't been able to get into. Maybe I need to try again?
- It makes security easy.
- The most difficult part of security is key creation and exchange. SIMP makes both a snap.
- It doesn't handle identity, you say? It doesn't need to; it's already handled by the fact that you're logged into your IM Account!
I'm setup on SIMP with my MSN Messenger account. If you've got me on your MSN Friends List, chat me securely and be impressed with how smoothly your experience goes.
Note: Be sure to check with your local IT department and your company's security policy before you install any software that enables secure communication. Also, note that SIMP is free for Personal use only.