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IM Behind Firewalls and Proxy Servers

I Love IM is web-based instant messaging that apparently works behind firewalls and proxy servers.

I just got a very gleeful email from my friend Brian (g’day Brian!) telling me that after a long, dry spell behind a proxy server that blocked IM ports, he can finally, via I Love IM, access MSN instant messaging from his workplace again.

For those of us who are business people who want to provide customer service via IM but are not happy to open up the relevant ports for security reasons, this could be a Good Thing.

I’m not enough of a tech-head to tell you how it works and what security issues there may or may not be for network admins, and am interested to hear from those who actually do have a clue. If you check it out I’d love to hear what you think of it.

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