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New AIM instant messaging client poses privacy risks, says EFF

Lucian Constantin | Jan. 5, 2012
Digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is advising users of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) not to upgrade to the next version of the instant messaging application because its features expose them to privacy risks.

"Bottom line: Because signing onto the new version of AIM permanently changes your account settings to log all conversations to AOL's servers by default, we recommend that existing AIM users do not upgrade," EFF said. "As always, we recommend users stay safer online by using chat clients that are compatible with OTR." AOL did not immediately return a request for comment.


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