Ummmm…I’ve been using ICQ for 4 years or so, and I have never, as in not once, received a random message from someone looking for cybersex.
If you really want to put an end to this problem, there are two key security features on ICQ that make this possible:
- Use Invisible mode at all times. This makes you invisible to everyone who might have added you to their contact list at any point in the past. Set your own contact list up so that people that you want to have see that you’re online can see you (i.e. add them back to your visible list on an individual basis, so that they can see you even when you’re in invisible mode).
- In your security settings, on the Ignore List tab, check the box that says “Accept messages only from users on my contact list.” Actually, I don’t even use this one, because using Invisible mode is so effective. But, if you truly don’t want random people IM’ing you, go for it.
[sup]slinking back off into oblivion…[/sup]