Remember to always check the bottom-right OTR status icon.
If it says “not private”, you should assume that Google is recording everything you type in that window.
Why not – the Gchat window is right there, next to their emails and very easy to use.
Problem is, Google automatically analyzes everything Gmail users are emailing or chatting about.
Many Gmail users also use Gchat to talk to their buddies.
We will use Free Software tools that allow you to be reasonably confident that Google is not recording what you say over chat. (this may happen automatically before you even press “Add”) Adjust the settings as shown, using your Google username and password: Plugins as shown here: Scroll down the list until you find “Off-the-Record Messaging”.
Before you continue, please understand: Get the software from install it on your computer. Tick the box next to it – this will enable the plugin: Now click on the “Configure Plugin” button: In the new window that comes up, configure the default OTR settings as follows: Congratulations!
Given just how much Google knows about us, our friends, and our friends’ friends, it is a troubling thought that all this data, all of our contacts, the videos we have been watching, our chat messages, things we 1’ed, services we use from other service providers (Flickr etc) are recorded by Google and therefore being handed over to government agencies all over the world at this unprecedented rate.
If you believe that nothing you ever type or click on will be of interest to any law enforcement agency, government or court around the world until you and your entire family pass away (but what about your grandchildren? Could someone in 2052 dig up a record of an internal joke with one of your buddies back in 2012, cast it as proof of extremism and use it to harm your family?And everything you say or do while logged on to Google services is used to make you a higher-yield product.