When you use Google Talk to chat with your friends, Google records everything you say. Facebook does the same. Others probably do the same. The only way to ensure you are only communicating with your friends, without your every word being recorded and kept by corporations or governments, is to use OTR. OTR stands for Off The Record. It’s a genius protocol that gives you many desirable properties, like
- Perfect forward secrecy
To understand the value of each of the above properties, please check out the OTR website at http://www.cypherpunks.ca/otr/
Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to use OTR with Jitsi, using your Google account. You can do exactly the same with your Facebook, Yahoo!, MSN, ICQ, AIM, XMPP or Jabber account!