chat logs: msn messenger and facebook

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I have windows XP. I use msn messenger and have it set under options not to save messages. My question is even if i have this set does it still store messenges on hardrive. If so, how to I access them to delete them permanently. Also, when using facebook does that chat logs save on harddrive. Thank you. I do not understand too much computer terminology so please keep the answer simple. Thanks
 
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According to this webpage, if MSN at all saves your history it does it in:
C:/
my documents
my received files
folder with your account's name
history
For example, it might be in C:\Documents and Settings\Jonathan\My Documents\My Received Files\Jonathan\History.

If you delete all files in folder mentioned above, you will ensure the history is not kept.
 

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I know that it would be in my received files. I have all those options off. What I am asking is Do the message conversations store somewhere on the harddrive? Who can access them?
 
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If the option to save history is off, then your client does not save the conversations. As soon as you close the chat window - it's gone. The only possible way of someone to get hold of your conversations is to plant a software on your computer that would track those. Otherwise - no way.
 

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So, you are saying if I had to bring computer in to get fixed for any reason, the tech could have a packet sniffer software and see me private chats?? Does this apply to facebook too???:mad:
 

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I know that it would be in my received files. I have all those options off. What I am asking is Do the message conversations store somewhere on the harddrive? Who can access them?
And how do they access them;)
The history files are XML format, so they can be viewed on any browser, most likely to be associated with IE. But no, no one can view them if you have the setting to no history saved because it will not be on the drive.
 

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When i started using msn messenger, i am not sure if i had it so it did not save or not. IF i did not have it turned off how would i search the harddrive to see. I would go to search and type in what??? I am not knowledgable when dealing with computer terminology so please keep answer very simple. Thank you:p
 

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If I did not save any chats and my computer broke down and brought to tech and they put software (packet sniffer) or whatever on it would they would be able to retreive and read all my chat logs???? Also, would they be able to see THESE messages??? Call me paranoid
 
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Mate,

Theoretically, yes, if someone plants a software on your PC, they would be able to see your conversations.

If you turn off the history saving feature, it also deletes previous chats you might have had.

Also, if you are not "knowledgable" with computers, don't start looking up files and deleting them - you'll screw up your OS or some other software you've got in your computer.
 

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If I did not save any chats and my computer broke down and brought to tech and they put software (packet sniffer) or whatever on it would they would be able to retreive and read all my chat logs???? Also, would they be able to see THESE messages??? Call me paranoid
For packet sniffers its more of the data going to the computer (ie from another computer or the internet) and on your network, not actually on the computer drive itself... plus it needs to be in clear text, or it will come out with jibberish.

And yes, you are paranoid... poor technician... getting blamed before looking at your computer... heh

As to Facebook, that's all on the browser, so the only thing they could potentially use is a keystroke logger, but they are only going to get one side of the conversation.

Most programs like these are done by software being installed in the background if you clicked on a link that was bad. I seriously doubt that a technician while working for a company would do that kind of thing.

I have seen an article though about a person that set up his computer with a 'live recorder' so he can review the footage after the technician was working on it. The guy just created a simple break/fix situation, but turned out the technician did more than fix the computer, he stole porn videos that the guy planted on it, plus the guy's vacation photos by transferring them to a thumb drive.... before being nice and rearranging his desktop icons in a nice way... :) needless to say, the technician was fired.
 
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