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Anonymous Instant Messaging und IRC

"Pidgin" and "TorChat" are installed on the DVD. Pidgin supports additional the SILC and TOX protocol too.

TorChat

"TorChat" uses the Tor hidden services and does not need any registration for an account. If you start the programm a new account is created and it launches the Tor daemon in background. Some programms like Icedove or Pidgin are prepared to use this Tor daemon and it is not requiered to start a second Tor daemon with Vidalia.

After shutdown of the live-dvd the TorChat account is lost. If you want to use the same address for a longer time you have to copy the folder "$HOME/TorChat" to an USB stick. Restore the folder after reboot before you start "TorChat" again.

Pidgin

The IM client "Pidgin" is already prepared for an anonymous communication via JonDonym or Tor. You can choose an anonymisation service at startup. If "TorChat" was running it is not requiered to start a second Tor daemon with Vidalia.

Start Pidgin

We have already prepared dummy accounts for some Jabber and IRC servers. After choosing the dummy account that fits to your needs click on "Modify" and enter your nickname and your password. Thereafter, you may activate the account and set the status to "Available". Please note: Jabber servers are usually only available via JonDo using the premium services.

Pidgin prepard accounts

After shutdown of the live-dvd the modifications for Pidgin configuration and OTR keys are lost. If you want to use it for a longer time you have to copy the folder "$HOME/.purple" to an (encrypted) USB stick. Restore the folder after reboot before you start "Pidgin" again.

OTR Encryption

In order to use the OTR encryption, open the Plug-In management in the main window via "Tools -> Plugins" and activate the OTR-Plugin.

Activating the OTR-Plugin

A click on the button "Configure PLugin" is opening the configuration dialog of OTR. There, you have to choose an account and must create an OTR key.

Generating an OTR-Key
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