Isn't there any open-source software out there that does text, audio and video chat, in a completely secure way? Something that I can just start using "out of the box" without any pain?

The reason I ask is that I don't trust Skype, Facebook and MSN. I'm afraid that these companies have huge server farms to collect our text, audios, and videos. At least I have no reason to assume that they don't do this. Or do I?

  • I'm sure Skype's this ubiquitous and well known because there are tons of better alternatives.
    – Daniel Beck
    Oct 21, 2011 at 20:11
  • I investigated Ekiga for a while, but I'm not sure that it does encryption.
    – AndrejaKo
    Oct 21, 2011 at 20:15

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Jitsi will give you most of what you want, I believe the only thing it does not encrypt at the moment is video chat. Voice and text chat are encrypted with ZRTP and OTR respectively.

  • // , Even Tox has better stability than Jitsi, though. Jun 29, 2016 at 6:52

You can use Ventrilo or similar and run your own server, and simply fire everything through an SSL tunnel.

Entirely controllable by you.

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