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Privacy advocates have raised concerns about beta versions of AOL's latest IM client, urging privacy-sensitive surfers to stay on older versions of the software. Preview versions of AOL Instant Messenger centrally log communications by default as well as scanning private IMs for URLs that are then pre-fetched, the Electronic …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    About as SMRT as VBA.

    Various IM systems have at various times been used as a vector for malware. And so now this bunch of brilliant history buffs are *pre-fetching* urls in IM messages. I can't see anything wrong with this picture, honestly I cannot, nosiree.

    1. Kanhef

      In theory, the server could pre-fetch URLs, scan them for malware, and have the client throw up a warning if something is found. I doubt they're actually doing this (they'd probably say if they were), but the same technology could be used for good purposes.

  2. The BigYin

    Pre-fetch URLs?

    How long before some dodgy html/jpegs get used to pwn the new AOL IM then?

  3. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    Do people still use AOL?

    Seriously folks these guys are the pits.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So just like Skype

    Centralised chat logging.

    1. The BigYin

      Does Skype do that?

      Can you cite a reliable source, please?

      I thought it did some client-client sync thing, but that was all.

      Must say, all this makes me want to use Jitsi.

  5. Suburban Inmate

    So facecrack, MS Live, etc.... AREN'T logging everything centrally?

  6. Mike Flugennock


    What is this "AOL" you speak of?

    1. Suburban Inmate

      They were a proliffic provider of free coffee cup coasters up to about a decade ago.

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