Para chatear y mensajería instantánea, Tails incluye Pidgin Instant Messenger.

Puedes usarlo para conectarte a servidores IRC o XMPP (también conocido como Jabber), y tener varias cuentas conectadas a la vez.

To start Pidgin choose Applications ▸ Internet ▸ Pidgin Instant Messenger or click on the Pidgin icon in the Favorites submenu.

For more detailed documentation refer to the official Pidgin user guide.

Cuentas predefinidas

One account is configured in Pidgin by default:

  • to connect to the OFTC IRC server.

That account is deactivated when Tails is started. To activate it, choose Accounts ▸ Enable Account , and select the account that you want to enable in the submenu.

Off-the-record (OTR) encryption

As explained on its official page, Off-the-Record messaging allows you to have private conversations over instant messaging by providing:

  • Encryption
    No one else can read your instant messages.
  • Authentication
    You are assured the correspondent is who you think it is.
  • Deniability
    The messages you send do not have digital signatures that are checkable by a third party. Anyone can forge messages after a conversation to make them look like they came from you. However, during a conversation, your correspondent is assured the messages he sees are authentic and unmodified.
  • Perfect forward secrecy
    If you lose control of your private keys, no previous conversation is compromised.

OTR está desactivado por defecto, y tus conversaciones no son privadas.

File transfers are not encrypted by OTR. OTR only encrypts conversations.

To store your OTR keys and preferences across separate working sessions, you can activate the Pidgin persistence feature.
En una conversación privada OTR a través de IRC, los mensajes enviados usando el comando /me no son encriptados. La persona que recibe este mensaje es notificada con una advertencia.

Servidores IRC que bloquean Tor

Algunos servidores IRC bloquean conexiones de Tor porque Tor algunas veces es usado para enviar spam.

Generación de nombre de usuario aleatorio

Cada vez que inicias Tails se genera un usuario aleatorio para todas las cuentas dePidgin.

The generator uses a list of common English first names, and modifies them, so that they are almost unique, and does not reveal that you are using Tails.

It is based on the language confluxer by Christopher Pound.

If you want to reuse the same username across separate working sessions, you can activate the Pidgin persistence feature.

Agregar soporte para otro protocolo

For security reasons, it is only possible to use IRC and XMPP with Pidgin in Tails. Here are the prerequisites to enable another protocol that is supported by Pidgin otherwise:

  1. The support in Pidgin for this protocol has been successfully tested in Tails.
  2. Someone volunteers to maintain the corresponding support in Tails on the long term.
  3. Someone has verified that the security record of the desired plugin (including open bugs) is good enough.

If you want to work on this issue, see our contribute page.