"Secure iChat" is unavailable in OS X Lion


Encrypted iChats (also known as "Secure iChat") are no longer available in OS X Lion. The settings have been removed from iChat > Preferences > Accounts > Security.


You should use the built-in FaceTime app in OS X Lion and iOS 4 or later for secure video chats.

If you need to transfer a file securely using iChat on a computer with OS X Lion, you can encrypt the file and then transfer it with iChat.

Please note that iMessages sent via Messages in Mountain Lion are encrypted.

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