"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.

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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.

FaceTime is not available in all countries or regions.

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