is no such thing, and Microsoft is monitoring all the URLs sent. They reportedly pass on your data too. It’s harder to hide crap like that when the software is open source.
I’m also going to favor software that supports OTR ‘out of the box’, without needing you to install plugins or other add-on software.
Both are open source multi-protocol multi-account IM clients with OTR support. Xabber has the best support for advanced features like delivery receipts (so you know the other person got your message). Gibberbot is more lightweight, and is dead easy to connect with your Google account (about which more later).
Only one option for iPhone, as far as I can tell.
Adium is the most ‘pure Mac’ experience, and probably your best bet. Jitsi has the advantage that it supports secure encrypted voice and video calls as well as IM. Psi+ is aimed at ‘power users’.
The popular proprietary client Trillian also supports OTR via a plugin. I don’t have any recent experience with Windows IM software, but Pidgin is probably a good bet for working OTR.
I’ve been unable to find any secure IM clients for Windows Phone or BlackBerry.
There are console-based clients which have OTR support, but I assume if you can handle a terminal window you probably don’t need my help picking an IM client.
All of the above software uses XMPP, the Internet standard protocol for instant messaging. Unfortunately, right now the big players in IM refuse to make their IM systems interoperable because they want to trap you in their walled gardens.
So the choice is yours. If you choose Facebook, you can only talk to other Facebook users. If you choose Google or some other XMPP provider, you can talk to anyone. I’m using Google, for at least as long as their XMPP keeps working.
Next: SMS solutions and alternatives.
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