When using G Chat in the Gmail interface (and using SSL/HTTPS), you have the ability to log in to AIM as well.

Is this encrypted like the email and G Chat?

Recently I've noticed there is an icon that warns me that the page "Contains unauthenticated content" which makes me wonder if the AJAX it's using is encrypted or not. The details of that message say the connection is "partially encrypted".

How do I know for sure?

  • Are you talking about between you and the browser, or between the Gmail chat servers and AIM chat servers? Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 23:46
  • Between my machine and the next step in line. In other words, can someone on my network see the messages (in plain text) if they sniff the traffic Commented Oct 21, 2010 at 0:59

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It is encrypted. If you're in the non SSL version of gmail then it would not be encrypted. This is why it's suggested you set your options to always redirect you to the SSL version of gmail.

  • Can you cite a source or anything? Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 17:15
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    No I don't have a source but I can walk you through a quick process to verify for yourself. Direct your browser traffic through a local proxy and check the packets after you've logged into gmail and start using AIM chat. You'll notice they are SSL encrypted.
    – XOPJ
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 13:47

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