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Re: Comparison of Yahoo v. MSN Messenger from security standpoint
From: Barrie Dempster <barrie () reboot-robot net>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2004 22:59:34 +0100

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Murad Talukdar wrote:
| I could be wrong but as Windows has Messenger services integrated
within it
| then wouldn't that make it more damaging if used as a source of attack?
| Even disabling certain messenger services within windows has caused
probs on
| Xp machines in our office as it's all so tied up with other services.
| Murad Talukdar

MSN is not equal to the Windows messaging service. The messaging service
is not integrated, it's merely a service running on windows which can be
~ stopped/started and disabled.  You do not need windows messaging
service to run MSN, their functions are entirely different.

As for the comparison between MSN and yahoo, they both have had a
similar security history with yahoo having less known vulnerabilities,
however the protocols are both pretty heavily tested and scrutinized so
I doubt one offers more security over the other, I personally use both
within GAIM (http://gaim.sourceforge.net)

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