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a b $ Windows 7
January 19, 2012 8:10:45 PM

I had an instance at my company where several IM accounts on our network got hacked (weird IMs, obscene images popping up, that sort of thing) and I'm looking for a closed internal solution for this that will only allow computers on our network to use IM without outside sources. What is a good solution for this? Does one exist? And where can I find info about it?
a b $ Windows 7
January 19, 2012 8:32:15 PM

I've heard of companies using Chit chat (for some reason I can only find the Facebook version, the one i'm talking about doesn't use facebook).

Internal chat apparently is not too bad I believe it's Java based so you can run it on any OS with JAVA support:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/intchat/
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January 19, 2012 8:38:41 PM

The bad thing about Internal Chat is that it's Java-based. And I think that's what allowed people to hack IM accounts in the first place. I'd be more concerned with security on that front.

What my boss is looking for is something that we can get on like a $10 - $20 / user license on a 60 person network. Something that we can monitor closely and something where it's easier for someone not to intrude on the network. Does such a thing exist?
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a b $ Windows 7
January 19, 2012 9:45:06 PM

AFAIK even though it is java based - it has to be hosted on your internal server, which is a good thing as you do not want an external based messaging system (ICQ, yahoo, etc).

So in that case it should be pretty secure (needs the server client, as well as the user client). Basically you shouldn't have anyone sending obscene things as it is hosted on your own server.

http://www.avoware.com/intchat/features.shtml

I wouldn't outright dismiss it, it has some good features like keeping the history of the messaging, file sharing (can be disabled), work time counted (not sure how useful that is).

http://messenger.softros.com/

I found that as well. A payable version that appears to start at 11$ per client. Doesn't require internet connection, as well doesn't require a server component.

The only thing I found was that it mentions it saves messages - however lacking a server component it appears the messages would be stored locally (not a good thing).

There's also this: Pink Notes

http://www.alphamedia.net/products/pnp/v40/index.htm

It is a similar install to the one I suggested, comes with 30 day free trial but not sure of the cost. It requires a server component as well as a client component - and messages can be archived.

It seems like a decent alternative and possibly what you might be looking for. I'm sure somebody else could suggest something better.
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January 20, 2012 4:59:23 PM

Awesome, thanks, this will be hugely helpful.

Anything that has a server component is what we'll need for sure.
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January 23, 2012 11:48:36 AM

Brosix Enterprise is exactly what you are looking for !

- Brosix can be hosted on our optimized servers or on your own server !
- You can easily create and manage your own corporate instant messaging network with Brosix for your business
- Full control over your instant messaging network and many collaboration features - screen-sharing, screenshot sending, co-browsing, remote control,
- Full set of features
- High security for your corporate sensitive data - 256 bit encryption
- Works on multiple platforms - Windows, Mac and Linux
- Works on most of the smartphones (Android and iOS - iphone, ipad ) so you can keep an eye on the communication even when the employees are out of the office

http://www.brosix.com

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January 23, 2012 10:39:52 PM

StoyanK said:
Brosix Enterprise is exactly what you are looking for !

- Brosix can be hosted on our optimized servers or on your own server !
- You can easily create and manage your own corporate instant messaging network with Brosix for your business
- Full control over your instant messaging network and many collaboration features - screen-sharing, screenshot sending, co-browsing, remote control,
- Full set of features
- High security for your corporate sensitive data - 256 bit encryption
- Works on multiple platforms - Windows, Mac and Linux
- Works on most of the smartphones (Android and iOS - iphone, ipad ) so you can keep an eye on the communication even when the employees are out of the office

http://www.brosix.com


I have to say I like this one too - how much is it per user?
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January 24, 2012 12:25:12 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I have to say I like this one too - how much is it per user?


Brosix Personal is free of charge.

Brosix Enterprise is between $1,70 - $2,10 per user per month. Brosix is hosted on our optimized servers.

More information is available at http://www.brosix.com/price/

If you need price quote for Brosix hosted on your own server please send us e-mail to sales@brosix.com and state how many user accounts do you want to order.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 31, 2012 3:06:27 PM

Best answer selected by g-unit1111.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 31, 2012 3:21:13 PM

Which one did you end up going with g unit? Interested for future reference.

And thanks for the best answer!
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April 12, 2013 12:21:55 PM

LANTalk messenger is what we use for LAN communications in our 8-computer setup, and it is pretty good. Licenses cost I think $10 each?

http://www.lantalk.net/
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