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Thwart Future Embarrassment by Taking Google Chats 'Off the Record'

gchat off the recordWith a simple change to your Gmail settings, you can (allegedly) ensure that all of your incriminating Google Chat conversations won't come back to bite you. According to The Atlantic, users can take chats "off the record" by clicking the 'Actions' tab in the chat box and selecting the option from a drop-down menu. If a chat is off the record, the transcript will not be saved or archived by your Gmail account. Both parties are made aware of this agreement beforehand.

In case you didn't know, all Google Chat transcripts are archived by default -- just like your e-mails -- so that you can search them later. If you don't want to worry about having to go off the record during every chat, you can click the 'Settings' tab, then the 'Chat' tab, and then choose for your chat history to never be saved. Whichever way you go, it'll be much easier to deny that the 3 A.M. drunk chat you had with your ex (or editor) ever happened.

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