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Is Gmail Chat Encrypted?

Discussion in 'Google' started by grazie_web, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. #1
    Good day! :)

    I'm just wondering if Gmail chats are encrypted? Does the message or chats done there may be viewed on a database that uses gmail chat? Or is there any software that can browse or monitor your chats?

    Thanks for reply.:p
    grazie_web, Sep 19, 2006 IP
  2. RedCardinal

    RedCardinal Peon

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    #2
    I think chats are only encrypted when you access gmail via ssl.

    If you browse to gmail via https then the requests are encrypted. Otherwise plain text packets going back and forth. Any packet sniffer can see your chats in plain text.
    RedCardinal, Sep 19, 2006 IP
  3. Abhik

    Abhik ..:: The ONE ::..

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    #3
    yes!!
    its encrypted through gmail
    Abhik, Sep 20, 2006 IP
  4. RedCardinal

    RedCardinal Peon

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    #4
    Tested this and if you are not connecting to gmail via ssl then the packets are clear to view for anybody that cares to sniff them out.

    Chats are only encrypted over a secure socket.
    RedCardinal, Sep 20, 2006 IP
  5. grazie_web

    grazie_web Banned

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    #5
    Alright!... now i know. Thanks guys for informing me that. I appreciate it. Thanks.(",)
    grazie_web, Sep 20, 2006 IP
  6. kingjacob

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    I know just regular gmail is pretty well encrypted but to encrypt it more just access it via https://gmail.google.com
    kingjacob, Sep 20, 2006 IP
  7. noppid

    noppid gunnin' for the quota

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    #7
    What does encryption matter when all the information you share on G is archived and can be viewed "internally" at will by G employees?

    There is no privacy I tell ya!
    noppid, Sep 20, 2006 IP
  8. RedCardinal

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    Regular Gmail packets contain plain text - no encryption whatsoever unless you access via https.
    RedCardinal, Sep 20, 2006 IP
  9. grazie_web

    grazie_web Banned

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    #9

    Hi RedCardinal..:)

    Ok, you said that any packet sniffer can see your chats in plain text. Here's my addtional question, what if a company uses a proxy server?(PROXY SERVER-is a computer that offers a computer network service to allow clients to make indirect network connections to other network services.) is there any possiblity that it has a sniffer packet used?

    Thanks for the soon response.:p
    grazie_web, Oct 19, 2006 IP
  10. SFOD_D223

    SFOD_D223 Peon

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    #10
    Although I'm no security guru. Based on your question I would think that if you don't want prying eyes in ur messages, i would forgo using pc at work.
    SFOD_D223, Oct 19, 2006 IP
  11. grazie_web

    grazie_web Banned

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    #11
    yeah, ur right SFOD... i've thought about that...:rolleyes:

    Thnk u, anyway.
    grazie_web, Oct 19, 2006 IP
  12. RedCardinal

    RedCardinal Peon

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    #12
    Most corp networks are going to store logs. Take a look at your company's internet policy to see what they are and aren't checking.

    You would have to ask someone who knows HTTP protocols pretty well, but I think that if you access G via SSL (even through a proxy) you are probably safe enough. Again I'm not an expert on HTTP so don't take this as gospel :)
    RedCardinal, Oct 20, 2006 IP
  13. passmess

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    #13
    is better if you use www.passmess.com is meebo.com similar , i mean is web2.0 and is DES encrypted..try it..is free
    passmess, Nov 16, 2012 IP
  14. RoadWarriorVPN

    RoadWarriorVPN VPN Service Provider Premium Member

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    #14
    I concur with RedCardinal. The only way to can insure privacy is to utilize a VPN service and get in the habit of using it ALL of the time... People need to get in the mindset of securing all of their personal data to include communications, just look at what has happened with the ex-CIA Director David Petraeus.....
    RoadWarriorVPN, Nov 17, 2012 IP
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    vflirt Peon

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    #15
    Indeed encryption is required by something like this: skypesecurechat.com
    vflirt, Mar 29, 2013 IP
  16. sitesdump

    sitesdump Greenhorn

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    #16
    yes they are BUT only when done via gmail
    sitesdump, Mar 31, 2013 IP
  17. Yogesh Giri

    Yogesh Giri Member

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    #17
    Yes it's true
    Yogesh Giri, Apr 2, 2013 IP
  18. rachid4bouzidi

    rachid4bouzidi Greenhorn

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    #18
    yes, all conversations you do via gmail is encrypted
    rachid4bouzidi, Apr 24, 2013 IP