Mac users of iChat messaging could be burned by new AIM logging

“As pointed out recently by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a new logging feature introduced into AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) raises many privacy concerns,” David Morgenstern reports for ZDNet. “However, Mac users may not be aware that iChat uses the AIM service.”

“The Mac Security Blog warns that AIM will log chats up to two months, but who knows, it could be longer,” Morgenstern reports. “Alarming. Perhaps it’s time for Apple to switch to another service provider? Or get into the messaging business?”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


    1. My iChat account came from I got a trial for the service way back when, and kept the email address. If your account is, that would be a red alert to people, but maybe not if it was

  1. @dinjin201, exactly. iChat was built for the desktop age. FaceTime and iMessage (and Siri) are all products of this post-PC era, but eventually they’ll all make their way. Ack to the Mac.

    1. FaceTime works on macs, and also between a mac and an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. I find the video quality better than iChat. What FaceTime doesn’t do is multiperson chats – iChat can link up to four participants whereas FaceTime is just one-to-one. Also, FaceTime doesn’t support instant messaging, which iChat does.

  2. My only complaint with FaceTime on the Mac is when I try to call from my iPhone or iPad to our iMac, you have to be sitting at the Mac to hear the ring, wish you could control so it has the volume of a phone ring

    1. Ah, turn up the volume? Call me drunk (you’d be correct) but I have on occasion forgot to turn the volume down after god knows what and I get a “FaceTime call”.

      After a shower and dry clothes, I return the call.

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