AOL Instant messenger? Yahoo? MSN? Are these good chat programs? Well, each one has its high points, but ICQ is definitely my favorite. It's easy to locate your friends by searching their database. There are several options for communication, like chat rooms, voice messages, support for Roger Wilco software, e-mailing, instant messaging, user-to-user file sending, and other useful and easy to use tools.
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Also, there are some very good security features to make sure you don't encounter any unwanted internet visitors. You can pick what you want to share and what you don't want to share. You can also choose how you want others to be able to locate you and if you wish to be located by complete strangers. This can be VERY helpful and comforting to know, especially if you have young ones that are using this application with their friends.
One other advantage to membership is that it entitles you to a free 20MB website on ICQ's homepage. I use this for my personal homepage, which was easy to build using their tools and features. Also, membership to ICQ is free, and you can't beat anything that's free, can you?
About the only disadvantage I have seen using ICQ is that you may occasionally receive a forwarded message or URL from a complete stranger. Chances are, this link is adult in nature and you may wish to keep this away from young ones. By changing a few of the security options, you can prevent this from happening, though, so it's really no big threat. I also recommend that a user carefully inspects ANYTHING that is forwarded, not only in ICQ but also in your e-mail accounts and other communications. This problem has no boundaries.
Once you get everything set up the way you like it, there should be nothing stopping you from having an enjoyable online chat with a few friends or co-workers. This is definitely the most versatile and useful internet communications program I have seen so far. I definitely recommend it! Try it and see for yourself.
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