Around the office, when someone security-minded finds out that I instant message (IM) over Pidgin (using Google Talk’s service), there tends to be wailing and gnashing of teeth, because I am chatting in clear text over the wire. I am encouraged to use a clunky, Windows-only, proprietary, corporate, different tool that is for internal talk with internal people. “It’s secure.” “It’s encrypted,” they say. I never though I said too much of worth over chat, and what was occasionally awesome was well-encoded in l33t. But, now my friend Dean teaches me the goodness of encrypting your IMs in Pidgin.