Tread carefully as IM doors swing open

Analyst group Gartner has warned its customers to take extra security precautions as companies such as IBM and Microsoft begin allowing federated access to both corporate and public instant messaging services.

Last year, Yahoo and MSN said that users of their respective messenger services would be able to communicate with each other. In late January, IBM said it would allow users of its Lotus Sametime instant messaging (IM) application to access both AOL and Yahoo's messenger services. This week, Google said it had combined Gmail with Gmail Chat, which is also likely to eventually connect with other messenger systems. Gartner: tread carefully as IM doors swing open - ZDNet UK News

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