Here is how to turn on logging on 3 top IM programs:
Messenger - > Preferences -> Archive -> Check “Enable Archiving”
Probably want to adjust “Delete files older than [ 10 ] Days”
*Caveat: You must be logged in as the user to do this. It also seems as if you can’t read these archives without being logged in and going to Contacts - > Message Archive. I don’t seem to be able to find the archive on my machine.
Tools -> Options -> Messages tab -> Check the Message History box
Will probably want to change the location of the log file folder, which is an option right there.
*Caveat: You need to be logged in as the user to do this, but the logs are accessible offline.
Wow, I don’t think AIM has a logging feature anymore. I thought they used to, tho…
This girl may also use Trillian, which is a free all-in-one chat program that connects you to AIM, MSN, YAHOO, ICQ and IRC all at once. I use that and so does my 12 year old cousin (who I believe is also being logged)
Click the globe-looking icon in the bottom left -> Preferences -> Message History
Set options there
Caveat: Yes you need to be logged in here, too
I’m really surprised that there doesn’t seem to be a built-in option for saving AIM chats. You would think this would be a parental control thing that AOL would think is important. Perhaps I don’t have the most recent version and someone else can tell us how to do it.