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Instant Messaging is a form of real-time communication between two or more people using text or audio accompanied with video streaming. It is similar to using the telephone to do conferencing except in this case, you are using the computer with the Internet network. The technology has improved so much that you can use Instant Messaging (IM) software to type or chat using microphone and seeing each other using the webcam at the same time. You can also exchange data files by using the File Transfer function. Most interesting of all, its FREE !
also monitor your chat by saving a log files for reference at a later
Instant Messaging software is being used for Friend-to-Friends Network where chatrooms were created for friends of the same network. Companies are using it for communication between staffs or regional headquarters.
Instant Messaging can address the following functions :
Risks and Liabilities
Although Instant Messaging is so versatile and useful for many users, the potential risks and liabilities that one can encounter particularly in a workplace is high.
Among these risk and liabilities are :
Example of some common Instant Messaging Software :
Tencent QQ --- 317 Million users . Mainly in China
Yahoo Messenger --- 248 Million users
Skype --- 309 Million users
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