About the Bleeping Computer Chat Room
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Welcome to the Bleeping Computer IRC chat room. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a way for people from all over the world to communicate with each other in real time. You can learn more about IRC at www.irchelp.org where they have extensive tutorials and information on using this service. Below you will find links pertaining to this service and how to use it.
Continue reading to learn more about how to connect and use this service. At the end of the document you will find links to tutorials on how to use IRC. If you would like to skip the rest and start immediately chatting, then click the following link:
How to Connect
You are able to connect to our Chat Room via a dedicated IRC Client such as MIRC or by using a web based Chat applet. Information on how to connect to the Chat room using both methods is described below.
IRC ClientIt is possible to connect to our chat room using a standard IRC client that you may have installed on your computer. For windows a very popular client is Mirc and for the Macintosh a popular client is Ircle.
To connect to our chat room you will need to configure your client with the following information:
(Note this above link may not be compatible with all desktop clients)
Web Based Client
When you click on the link to launch the chat program it will be necessary to download some components of the software to your computer. This will cause a window to appear asking if you would like to allow these components to download and run on your machine and that the software is from Metrasoft and named WebChat. You must specify that you want to allow these files to download and run before the software will work. These files are completely harmless and you have nothing to worry about. If this still bothers you, then you should use one of the above IRC clients instead.
To start chatting click the link below.
Bleeping Computer Chat Room Privacy Notice
The Bleeping Computer chat rooms are Public chat rooms. That means that the data that the messages sent through this chat room will be seen by everyone else in that chat room. Please be aware that all conversations in this chat room are logged, so do not reveal any confidential or private information here that you would not like other people to know. If you would like to send a private message to another user, that only that user can see and respond to, then you can double click on their nickname in both the web based client and a desktop client and a private message window will appear. All messages that sent via this private message window will be private between the both of you.
Bleeping Computer Chat Room Rules
When using these chat rooms we ask everyone that they abide by the following rules. Not following these rules can lead to you being permanently banned from the chat rooms and possibly even the website itself.
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