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  1. rebon

    rebon Thread Starter

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    My son wants me to install mirc on his pc so he can chat to his mates who have it.

    Just wondered if there is any particular prob's with mirc like say spyware?

    Anyone use it? Whats it like?


    thx...rob
     
  2. $teve

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    just make sure all your net security is up to date and working.
    mirc is pretty nortorious for hackers to play.regular trojan scans and bot scans are a must.........should be ok with that...;)
     
  3. Miz

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    I've been using mIRC for 7 years. No spyware that I've ever found or heard about.

    First, while I'm going to give you a some "warnings" about the risks of IRC (Internet Relay Chat), the vast majority of kids who use it have a good time and don't encounter any trouble...other than the inevitable little hassles kids get into. ;) However, there are potential risks out there of which parents should be aware.

    The only virus/trojan risk with it is if the user accepts file transfers 1. from people he doesn't know and 2. opens them without scanning them first. If you can convince your son not to accept file transfers from strangers and to scan all files he accepts, no matter who they're from, with an up-to-date anti-virus program before opening them, that risk is minimal. After 7 years of using mIRC and following that rule, I've not gotten a virus or trojan on my computer through IRC.

    There are some pretty nasty chat rooms out there among the thousands that exist...rooms specifically for trading porn, for cybersex...including ones devoted to discussion (usually quite graphic) of all sorts of sexual perversions.

    Be aware that unless one of your son's friends has set up a private or invitation-only chat room, the rooms (also called "channels") are public, can be joined by anyone and there are just as many sickos on IRC as there are in "real life."

    If you decide to install mIRC, I strongly recommend that you don't put ANY personal information in when you set it up...fake email address, fake name in the "full name" field (something has to go into that field and I just use a punctuation mark), etc. Try to convince your son not to give out his real name, real email address, telephone number, home address or any other personal information to anyone in a chat room unless he is absolutely sure he knows who that person is.

    Finally, I advise turning on the logging feature and telling your son all chats will be logged...then look at the logs once in a while. An invasion of his privacy, perhaps, but far less damaging than his possibly being sucked into something he is not equipped to handle. Just hope he doesn't learn how to turn off the logging feature too quickly. ;)
     
  4. rebon

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    Thank's for that info guys, i guess its like all internet subjects, you have to use simple rules regarding security.

    I will set it up for him so he can chat away to his Counter-strike mates, also i will show him this thread so he will learn :D


    thx again...rob
     
  5. $teve

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    excellent idea rob..............hope he has a safe fun time.;)
     
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