Re: AIM "privacy" issue

From: Pete (
Date: 11/10/04

Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 15:58:22 GMT

On 9 Nov 2004 15:37:37 -0800, (Clay Denski) wrote:

>I have a question for those of you who use AIM (Aol instant
>messenger). I use it at work, for work. My boss uses it too, as do
>others. PRoblem is, whenever I get up to use the bathroom, I lock my
>computer (ctrl-alt-del then lock) so nobody gets in and plays pranks,
>but when I do that, AIM pops up on my bosses computer the message
>"Clay is Away". He doesn't have his messenger set up to NOT show
>those notifications. When I get back from using the bathroom, or
>whatever, it sends out another popup. This seems to me a privacy
>problem. Locking my keyboard should NOT force a broadcast of "I'm
>away". Yet there is no setting I can find in AIM to turn that off.

That is no 'privacy problem' at all. You're at work. Just say 'brb', lock
your computer, and be done with it.

>Is there another IM I should use that would still be AIM compatible?