Quoting Nate Carlson (natecars at real-time.com):
> On Sun, 1 Dec 2002, Neal wrote:
> > I suggest that we abandon IRC for a more secure method for
> > collaboration. We could use either AOL or MSN Messenger, or ICQ.
> "more secure"?!
> have you ever run a packet sniffer on a network with people using aol,
> msn, or icq?
> you can read their messages just as easily as irc..
> iirc, AOL actually sells a gateway product for corporations that sniffs
> and logs everyone's AIM traffic now, too..

Using gabber, you can encrypt your transmissions with gnupg. I believe there is
something similar in xchat.
Bob Tanner <tanner at real-time.com>         | Phone : (952)943-8700
http://www.mn-linux.org, Minnesota, Linux | Fax   : (952)943-8500
http://www.linuxjustworks.com             | Linux Just Works!         
Key fingerprint = AB15 0BDF BCDE 4369 5B42  1973 7CF1 A709 2CC1 B288