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  AIM -- App Feature (Messaging)

Category: IM      

The AOL Instant Messenger client is an instant messaging application providing connectivity with the AOL Instant Messenger service. Users can talk online with other people connected with the service, transfer files up to 10mb, message a cell phone, and exchange photos, voice and video content. IM usage, or certain types of IM usage, may be against policy on your network.

Most conversations using the AIM client are simple typed text messages being sent back and forth, but users ofter transfer files with this service.

This SonicWALL signature matches the network traffic of a logged in AIM client on the internal network sending an instant message to a peer on an external network. Enabling this signature for prevention is useful in preventing IM usage on your network.

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