The Internet is a notorious breeding ground for people who want to invade your privacy, and instant messaging is increasingly under attack from snoopers. ScatterChat represents a great way to make sure that your private conversations stay private, by allowing you to connect securely through Gaim encryption technology.
Although it takes quite a while to install the application, largely taken up by generating the encryption key, once it's running it requires little technical knowledge and operates in much the same way as an ordinary IM client. At the centre of the program is the Buddy List, which helps you effectively manage your contacts and send messages at the click of a name. The program supports all the major IM networks and despite the fact that the encryption nibbles at your connection a little more than a normal client, it represents a great way to stay in touch and stay safe.
Please note that the developer no longer seems to be supporting this client.
Provides a very secure chat evironment
Supports multiple IM networks
Can be operated by technophobes
Drains more bandwidth than most IM clients
Takes a while to set up
ScatterChat is a secure instant messaging client designed for non-technical users who require secure and anonymous communications. Our typical end-users include human rights and democracy advocates operating in hostile territory. ScatterChat is also a valuable tool for anyone requiring secure communications.
It is based upon the Gaim software, provides end-to-end encryption, integrated onion-routing with Tor, secure file transfers, and easy-to-read documentation. ScatterChat's security features include resiliency against partial compromise, immunity from replay attacks, and limited resistance to traffic analysis... all reinforced through a pro-actively secure design.
Laws concerning the use of this software vary from country to country. We do not encourage or condone the use of this program if it is in violation of these laws.
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