Chat Logs

zuffa zuffa1227 at
Fri Oct 3 09:57:57 EDT 2014

Thank you. I have deleted my logs and have checked off that my logs and
some of my other employees logs do not get recorded. If the administrator
were to go in, providing that we deleted our logs and have disabled
logging, would they still be able to retrieve prior chats without
downloading any programs?

On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 4:47 PM, ChO2 <chemistrydioxide at> wrote:

> If you choose to delete a chatlog, Pidgin will just delete the file.
> Unfortunately, a deleted file can be restored quite easily - if it comes
> to the worst (from your point of view), your administrator would just
> need to download some free software that does this, so he wouldn't even
> need to contract a data forensics expert.
> I've already done this on a Windows 3.1 system. It was quite
> straight-forward, especially since Win 3.1 used to ship with a program
> called UNDELETE.EXE out of the box. The most difficult part was that I
> had to guess the first letter of each file name because UNDELETE.EXE
> wasn't able to restore those.
> That said, if you're afraid of your admin, I suggest that you make sure
> that your conversations don't get stored on disk in the first place - i.
> e. you need to disable logging.
> There are ways to securely delete files, however these would usually
> require you to be in possession of the root account.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: zuffa <zuffa1227 at>
> To: support at
> Subject: Chat Logs
> Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 15:45:47 -0400
> Hello
> I am an active user of pidgin and I had a question. I wanted to know if
> I were to delete my chat logs from my PC and un click the options in
> preferences, would an admin be able to still retrieve the logs? Are they
> saved even though they are deleted from the PC? Any information would be
> helpful
> Thanks
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