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  1. I would formally like to request the addition of an XMPP server as a feature. Unfortunately, forums in general are not conducive for many of the types and manner of communication that Air and VPN users in general require. Privacy is a concern for many matters and Pidgin + OTR for instance offers a much higher level of security and shrinks the partition of trust during such communication. Another area the forums fall short is offering an efficient manner for real time conversations, chats and even support from other forum members. For instance, there quite often is a need for personalized support for members who have followed my pfSense setup guide due to the fact that there are so many variables to consider for hardware choices and network environments. This type of support can take days or weeks with back and forth forum conversation.. or can take minutes to hours in real time chat. Posts with such personalized instruction could also potentially confuse the uninitiated, as settings for one setup could be detrimental to another. As such, I feel personal support is a much better option in such instances. A group of air users and myself currently converse on XMPP using Pidgin + OTR. It has been a great convenience for all of us. However, and this is a big however, some of us have concerns over using an "unknown" XMPP Server. I personally scoured for a few days before choosing one (I will not advertise which server was chosen) based on the required use of SSL on all communications. Most servers required registration over clear http. Even though we found one that was a bit more secure, the service I don't think is meant for or ready for a large influx of users and there are frequent drops of the service. We all agree we need to find another server, but who do you trust? Which brings me to my request. I believe it would be greatly beneficial to all if there was an Air supported XMPP server with end to end encryption and no logs of any sort. I believe the ability to create chats will also open up access for individuals to learn more about methods of security, privacy, recommended software and even hardware discussions. Overall I feel it can help build the community, and the more that participate, the more knowledge and experience that gets shared and the community can grow. I personally would love to see that happen, and I think many more would participate if a more private arena existed. This information would trickle its way to the forums I suspect as well, only helping more and more. This would be one more feature to add to the reasons why AirVPN is the best around. Staff, can we make this happen?
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