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Anonymous 09/20/2019 (Fri) 02:32:29 No. 78
Why does everybody who's anybody use irc if it's insecure?
>Even if the server itself encrypted the messages/uses SSL, it's a moot point: everyone can connect and read what you're saying unless you encrypted it on your end. IRC admins can read your private messages as well.

>The vast majority of servers I've visited also expose your IP Address to everyone unless you're behind a proxy or VPN, so there's no real anonymity. Even the ones that partially mask your IP will show part of where you are. For example: Random432342.hsd1.ca.comcast.net. While other servers will block everything, all IRCops/admins know the real IP you're connecting from. What's to stop them from cooperating with law enforcement?

>Your IRC client could also be vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks / string formatting vulnerabilities / etc. Or maybe you'll just click on a drive-by-download link...
https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/113532/how-is-irc-so-secure-untraceable-that-hackers-and-pirates-use-it-to-communicate

Just the fact that everyone can see my ip scares me... Is there a way I can talk to all the cool kids but still be safe? What's your irc setup? What's the most common setup? I really want to start using it, but after reading this I'm a little put away...
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You are right to be cautious - IRC is good for some things, bad for others. It is a good choice for a technical project community, and a very bad choice for discussion of politics.
You should assume the default for all IRC channels is permanent, publicly accessible logs. Very useful for
For a server such as freenode, here's a pretty standard setup:
- connect once to the server using your real IP
- register your nick with the server
- reply to the email they sent to confirm registration
- setup SASL on your IRC client
- disconnect and turn your VPN on
- connect back in, hope SASL works, then join a channel

This solves the I.P. problem. It will simply instead say "username joined from 111.222.333.444@Your_VPN, which leaks far less information. That protects you from rando's, but admins can still get you.

If you want to talk about something that's not a technical reference project, you'll probably want something else. I've heard Riot, Telegram, and Signal mentioned, but I don't know enough to recommend one.
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IRC is from the 80's and nobody cared about being 100% anonymous. I still don't. But I tried to use IRC some months ago and the server bitched at me for not having a registered nick (which requires signing up with email address). Those are extra steps I don't want to go through, so I didn't bother, and I /quit the server. Haven't bothered with IRC since. Back in the day, if someone else had taken your nick, you just used another one. It wasn't a big deal, and your friends would recognize you anyway from your hostname. Also we had a lot of fun with netsplits and channel takeovers.
If you want to be safe from buffer overflows and shit like that, just setup OpenBSD on an ARM SBC and run IRC on there from an unprivileged account that's not in the wheel group and also doesn't have doas/sudo access. I would guess the IRC clients in packages/ports have been pledged and unveiled by now.
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stop posting jihad threats into irc ahkmed

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