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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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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.

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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.

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Pre-fetch URLs?

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

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FAIL

Do people still use AOL?

Seriously folks these guys are the pits.

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Anonymous Coward

So just like Skype

Centralised chat logging.

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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.

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WTF?

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

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Trollface

AOL?

What is this "AOL" you speak of?

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

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