The number of interested parties eager to listen in on your online conversations, including what you type through instant messaging, has never been higher.
It's trivial to monitor unencrypted wireless networks and snatch IM passwords as they flow through the ether. Broadband providers and their business partners are enthusiastically peeking into their customers' conversations. A bipartisan majority in Congress has handed the FBI and shadowy government agencies greater surveillance authority than ever before.
The need, in other words, for secure IM communication has never been greater. But not all IM networks offer the same privacy and security. To chart … Read more