Instant messaging applications allow users to exchange messages in near real time. These transactions are normally routed between users via a central server. The use of these applications can create risks to the system and network.† Users can receive links to malicious websites or files containing malicious code, which may lead to a compromise of the system and could compromise additional systems on the network.
The following is a list of the more popular instant messaging services:
Administrators should review security policies and documents to determine the appropriate use of these