SSL Connections in IRC
This simple guide is intended for windows mIRC users wanting to connect to the rizon IRC network using SSL(Secure Sockets Layer).
First, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Guide from http://www.gotnull.net/projects/rizonircd
What is SSL?
The Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a protocol that encrypts communication between 2 computers so that it remains private while in transit.
What will SSL do for me?
SSL will secure your connection between you and the Rizon IRC server you connect to.
What will SSL not do?
SSL cannot keep your conversations private if the channel you are in is not +S (ssl clients only) or if the person you are PM'ing is not using SSL as well.
To check if someone is using SSL, /whois their_nick. You will see something along the lines of
-!- alx [~email@example.com]
-!- ircname : alx
-!- channels : #ssl @#dev
-!- server : Rizon [Where Are You?]
-!- : has identified for this nick
-!- : is using a secure connection
-!- idle : 0 days 0 hours 36 mins 58 secs [signon: Sun Feb 19 12:48:38 2006]
-!- End of WHOIS
Okay, how do I use SSL?
mIRC users: see the mIRC SSL Guide for details on installing SSL.
Once you can //echo $sslready and see "true" you are ready to connect to Rizon via SSL. Do /server -e irc.rizon.net +9999.
I don't get this, I need help!
/join #ssl for SSL help
Simple step by step process to getting this working.
1. Make sure your mIRC version is v6.14 or higher. If it isn't, download an updated copy from http://www.mirc.com/get.html
2. Install win32 OpenSSL from http://www.shininglightpro.com/products … enSSL.html (may need to restart mIRC if it was open during install)
3. Always connect via mIRC this way: /server irc.rizon.net +6697 (The + is what makes it use SSL.)
4. mIRC will ask you to accept a certificate when you connect, check the box to have it accept automically and press Yes.
Congratulations! You now have a secure connection to rizon. Practice safe communication by telling your friends to use SSL too.
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