After installing PGP Desktop 10, you are unable to encrypt AIM instant messaging sessions. This article details the requirements for encrypting AIM instant messaging connections.
This may be caused by the recipient not being on the Buddy List of your instant messaging client. Other reasons may also include an incompatibility with your instant messaging client software.
PGP Desktop automatically encrypts AOL and iChat standard instant messaging sessions, direct connects, and file transfers if the following conditions are met:
To do this:
|AOL AIM 5.9.x
The secure IM feature is compatible with any IM client that supports AOL's OSCAR protocol for instant messaging, such as AOL Instant Messenger, Trillian Pro, iChat and Gaim.
Confirming your IM sessions are encrypted
When you start an IM session, the PGP Notifier is displayed, informing you that a secured IM session has begun.
When the IM session begins, the first message you see from the other user in the session will have extra text below it that says: Conversation encrypted by PGP Desktop.
The padlock icon shown next to the names in the Buddy List indicates that the users are probably using PGP Desktop to secure their IM sessions.
If you open the PGP Log after you have started your IM session, it will have an entry noting that the IM session is encrypted.