Palringo Adds Push-To-Talk Function, Possible Security Concerns

Palringo, the rich text IM application that promised instant text, picture, and even voice messaging (but also requires you to sign up for a new IM account) has just updated their service to include instant voice messages, giving the iPhone PTT (push to talk) capabilities for the first time, without the need to sign up for a contract.

Palringo is compatible with AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber, and Windows Live, but requires the user to sign up for a Palringo IM account. The app is available as a free download through the App Store.

However, it should be noted that there have been concerns about the application’s security. It has yet to be confirmed, but one iTunes reviewer of the app claims that the app is not secure, warning that the fact that usernames and conversations travel through Palringo’s servers makes them easy for a third party to spy on, adding that people that sign in to Google Talk through the service give Palringo their email address’s password. As of yet, we have no reason to believe that Palringo is up to anything nefarious, but it may be good to play it safe.

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