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Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Instant Messaging Tutorials, Using the Internet | 0 comments

Pidgin tutorial 6 – Your first private OTR conversation

Quick links for Pidgin:-

Tutorial 1 – Installation
Tutorial 2 – Installing Aspell
Tutorial 3 – Adding accounts
Tutorial 4 – Adding buddies
Tutorial 5 – Installing OTR
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In this video, we take you through setting up and using the OTR plugin and demonstrate how to have a fully encrypted private conversation. Many users flinch when they hear terms like “private key” or “encryption plugin”, but after watching this video, we’re sure you will agree that having a private conversation with Pidgin and OTR is not that difficult at all.

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Additional notes

Remember that conversations are encrypted when the conversation status is “unverified” or “private”. Authenticating a buddy does not actually affect an OTR encrypted conversation in any way, it is purely for your peace of mind. Authenticating your buddies is a good idea and it improves your security, but it is not strictly necessary for an encrypted conversation.

If you need to properly authenticate your buddy by the manual authentication system, you should use an encrypted e-mail to send your fingerprint number. Normal e-mails can easily be intercepted and tampered with.

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