I have one question about the alleged 52 instant message exchanges that ABC News has in its hands:
Yes Virginia (Or Andrew) EVERY single Instant Messenger program DEFAULTS to saving ALL of your conversations ON your Hard Disk.
- Who saves and records IM exchanges for posterity?
I mean: I know how emails are saved and forwarded; it happens automatically.
- But I was unaware that IM interactions have some permanent record that can be retrieved after the fact. Is there such a possibility?
You need to EXPLICITLY make sure that your conversations ARE NOT Logged.
AND you have to presume that the person on the OTHER side MAY be storing THEIR logs of YOUR conversation with them
Answer?: The internet is a BIG bad place, and you need to make sure you perform SAFE COMPUTING. SAFE COMPUTING, like SAFE SEX is up to YOU!