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1144 No. 1144 [Edit]
What programs/protocols for text based communication do you use? (skype, irc, etc...)

Do you like them and are they reliable?
>> No. 1145 [Edit]
IRC and email mostly. I have Skype, but I only use it with one personal friend and I don't have a webcam.
>> No. 1146 [Edit]
Only Skype. It's simple and widely used, and doesn't run the security risks that IRC does. Like >>1145, I don't have a webcam (nor would I use it with one).

I rarely use it anyway, as I rarely need to communicate.
>> No. 1147 [Edit]
I prefer to use IRC, it's what I use most of the time. When I don't I use... steam, which isn't very much at all. I'd rather not use it and would stick to IRC all of the time if I could. Why use a gaming service for text chat only? I've used skype some but it is the one programs that has caused me the most problems on any computer. Skype's main purpose is more voice than text anyway... IRC is nice, it reliably works and is easy enough to use.

Post edited on 6th Nov 2014, 10:55pm
>> No. 1148 [Edit]
I only use imageboards to communicate with other people on the internet
>> No. 1149 [Edit]
>>1146
>doesn't run the security risks that IRC does
what security risks?
>> No. 1150 [Edit]
>>1149
IRC can get DDOS attacked, hijacked by CP distributors, etc.
Mostly issues for the person running it, not the users themselves.
>> No. 1151 [Edit]
irssi, teamspeak, email
They are all very reliable.

Steam and Skype crash like there's no tomorrow, they are unusable.
>> No. 1152 [Edit]
>>1150
Even as a user it's notoriously easy for anyone to grab your IP among other things on IRC, and it's just plain annoying to be required to run a VPN just to use a chatting service (or simply connect unsecured and hope for the best).

>>1151
Huh. I've never had Skype crash on me.
>> No. 1153 [Edit]
>>1152
You can simply hide your hostname/IP on IRC by changing a simple setting.
If I were you I'd be much more afraid of Microsoft logging everything I do on Skype.

Post edited on 7th Nov 2014, 3:25am
>> No. 1154 [Edit]
i use hexchat for irc, mushclient for telnet(muds) and i sometimes use steam web chat.
>> No. 1155 [Edit]
>>1153
For your sake I hope you don't really believe that cloaks or any other user settings actually hide your IP without using Tor or a VPN. Then again you might if you believe in Microsoft conspiracy theories.
>> No. 1156 [Edit]
>>1155
I'm not saying that, I'm saying that IRC servers (not the clients) give you the fucking feature to hide your hostmask. And that the NSA is surveilling people is not a conspiracy theory, it's a fact.
>> No. 1157 [Edit]
>>1156
>I'm saying that IRC servers (not the clients) give you the fucking feature to hide your hostmask
Again, do you honestly think this hides your IP? All it does is prevent ordinary users from using the /whois command to look it up, at best.

>And that the NSA is surveilling people is not a conspiracy theory, it's a fact
Last time I checked, the NSA only requested Skype's video call records from Microsoft, which, as stated, I do not use. It IS a conspiracy theory to believe that the NSA is going further than that and spying on the text chat sessions of some random shmuck. Do you have some reason why you think you're important enough for the NSA to bother with, past their stated agenda no less?
>> No. 1159 [Edit]
>>1157
You're too paranoid to use IRC so instead you use skype, you clearly don't know what you're talking about. I'm not gonna waste my time arguing with you.
>> No. 1160 [Edit]
Are there any good alternatives to skype?
>> No. 1161 [Edit]
>>1160
teamspeak, mumble
>> No. 1162 [Edit]
>>1160
Ekiga.

Don't use skype. it is nonfree software that has little quality control over its adverts, and in addition to forcing your to look at ads even when the option is disabled, occasionally some of them attempt to install spyware through adobe flash.
>> No. 1163 [Edit]
>>1162
you can disable the ads on skype by blocking their source in your controlpanel's internet settings.
>> No. 1164 [Edit]
>>1159
That's the worst backpedaling cop out I've seen in a long time.

>You're too paranoid to use IRC
I don't recall saying this. I said it was a pain in the ass to have to use Tor or a VPN just to use a chatting service. Those aren't the only issues, though- >>1150 kindly pointed out some others before I could. The point being that IRC is ancient technology that makes it a prime target for hackers and script kiddies, like it or not. It's ease of use on all OS and optional software installation requirements does give it some merit, but security is not among its strong points.

>you clearly don't know what you're talking about
I don't know how you can even try to say this with any degree of legitimacy when you believe that hiding your hostmask 'keeps your IP hidden' and that the NSA is tracking you personally.

Post edited on 7th Nov 2014, 9:13pm
>> No. 1165 [Edit]
>>1164
IRC isn't designed for secure private communications. The main use of IRC is public discussion on public channels (not private in the first place) and private channels/discussions with low security requirements, which are things it does quite well - the channel paradigm and associated services are the main advantage IRC has over other modern IM options, IMO. If your security or privacy requirements for what you're doing are high, then you should indeed look elsewhere.
>> No. 1166 [Edit]
>>1165
I've got no arguments there. As far as the multi-user discussion goes, it does fulfill its role just fine. My limited use of text-based communication services is all for 1-on-1 interaction, which may be why I don't get much use out of it.
>> No. 1168 [Edit]
>>1164
Not gonna waste my time, you're putting words in my mouth I never said.
>> No. 1169 [Edit]
>>1168
>>1153
>You can simply hide your hostname/IP on IRC by changing a simple setting.
>I'd be much more afraid of Microsoft logging everything I do on Skype
>>1156
>I'm saying that IRC servers (not the clients) give you the fucking feature to hide your hostmask.

If you're going to use the old "you're not worth my time lol" way of leaving an argument while trying to save face, you might not want to tack statements that can be easily disproven to it. Actually, I thought you weren't going to respond any more at all?
>> No. 1171 [Edit]
>>1169
You think you're a really fucking clever guy, huh? I'm saying it's not fair you're putting words into my mouth I never said. I never said the NSA tracks me or you personally. I never said changing your hostmask is as secure as using a VPN/proxy or Tor. I'm not backpeddaling on any of the things I said earlier because I'm not wrong.
At the moment I have other actual things to worry about.
>> No. 1172 [Edit]
>>1171
>You think you're a really fucking clever guy, huh?
Not particularly. I believe you're putting words in my mouth, now.

>I'm not wrong
Then what exactly am I misinterpreting? Let's throw away the conspiracy theory crap for a second, as you've made it clear you don't bear those beliefs. What I'm reading is that you believe IRC to be more secure (or just as secure) as other text based communication software, and more secure than Skype in particular- and I disagree with that. My initial point was that you DID need Tor or a VPN in order to reach a decent level of security, which I personally find to be somewhat of a hassle. If I'm misinterpreting your messages you're more than welcome to correct me, and you don't have to agree with my preferences regardless.
>> No. 1193 [Edit]
Even when my connection to the internet seems to be very slow, irc almost always works. It's nice.

Post edited on 9th Nov 2014, 9:40pm
>> No. 1512 [Edit]
Have the programs changed at all? Despite 3 years later, it's basically the same for me: Hexchat, Skype, Steam and Teamspeak / Mumble / Normiecord if I'm playing a multiplayer game where I absolutely need other people.
>> No. 1516 [Edit]
>>1512

the programs themselves haven't changed name, but now you have to do a bunch of other stuff to block ads and crap so you can use them as well as they used to be 3 years ago.

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