AIM 7 for Windows: Security & Privacy
AIM 7 for Windows: Security & Privacy
How do I block or unblock a buddy?
To unblock a buddy you can come back to the privacy menu at anytime and click Remove next to their name.
Will the users that I’ve blocked be notified that I blocked them?
Nope! No notifications are sent when someone is blocked.
How do I save my Instant Message history?
You can easily archive your instant messages (IMs) with AIM.
To archive your IMs:
How do I protect the privacy and security of my AIM 7 account?
Use caution before you accept files or click links:
Viruses cannot be transferred through an Instant Message (IM), but it is possible that files attached to an IM may contain viruses or trojans. Also, links sent in an IM may point to web pages that contain viruses and trojans. Be cautious while opening any file or link sent through an IM, even if it is from a known person. Always use good virus protection software, such as McAfee VirusScan, for automatic scanning of all attachments.
Phishing is a form of internet-based identity theft. Phishers typically use upsetting or exciting (but false) statements asking for information such as Usernames, passwords, credit card information or Social Security numbers and more. Phishing scams may take many forms, but they typically start with an email or IM asking you to visit a website to update your personal information.
Protect your AIM account:
Make sure your password is difficult to guess for others, but easy for you to remember, and change it frequently. Do not disclose your password to anybody. If you use a shared computer, we recommend not using the Remember Me or Remember my Password feature on the AIM sign in window.
Security flaws in your operating system, web browser, or other software may allow a remote user to take control of your computer and capture passwords or other personal data. There are several ways to protect yourself from the effect of these flaws, such as:
Note: Move the mouse pointer over the link to get a good idea of whether the link is safe to click or not. If you are not sure, ask the sender if they meant to send it to you. Some viruses/trojans send dangerous links in emails or instant messages to users in the infected machine's Buddy List or Address Book, making the recipient think the link is safe because it came from a known person.
Security issues affecting AIM:
Not all websites are safe. If you visit a malicious website, dangerous code can be written onto your computer, which allows somebody else to control your computer. They can sign into AIM with your AIM Username if your password is stored (although your password would not actually be revealed). If you think your computer has been compromised, you should immediately change all of your AIM passwords see, How do I change my AIM password.
Unknown links on my profile that cannot be removed:
Some viruses/trojans can send harmful links that appear to be from a buddy you know. They can also replace your member profile with links to websites and replace the links even after you delete them. For more information on AOL security features, antivirus features, anti-spyware features, phishing, spam, and firewalls, go to AOL Keyword: Safety or http://daol.aol.com/safetycenter/internal.
What are the AIM 7 for Windows privacy options?
Concerned about images, videos, and message invitations from strangers? Want to block an annoying person from contacting you? Just visit the AIM settings page and choose who can or can't contact you. Here’s how:
Choose who can IM you:
Select your Buddy List privacy preferences:
Don’t worry, sharing your Buddy List doesn't mean that your buddies can access your Buddy List. It only allows your buddies to see whether or not they are on your Buddy List. If you would like to know the Buddy Lists that you’re on click, Menu or Options at the top of your Buddy List Window. Click AIM on the drop-down menu and then click Buddy Lists I'm on.
Control who sees your Lifestream updates:
You can share your Lifestream updates with your buddies. Just click the Manage my Lifestream updates link. It will take you to the AIM Lifestream page. Click the Share these updates with drop-down menu, and then select the desired option.
Decide who can find you:
You can allow AIM users to search for your Username using your email address. Check Allow people to search for my Username using my email address.
Show your buddies when you’re available:
Let your buddies know whether you’re idle, typing a response, or using a mobile device. Or, perhaps, you want it to be a mystery. Either way, it’s your pick!
How do I change my AIM privacy settings to control who sees my Username online?
AIM provides many features to protect your privacy when online. Here's how to ensure only the people on your Buddy List can find you online:
You can also customize your online experience by controlling who can IM you. For more information, see block unwanted Instant Messages (IMs) from a specific sender.
How do I stop AIM from displaying my full name?
We all like a little privacy sometimes. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to stop AIM from showing your real name.
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