How to Create a Google Talk Account

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4.0 How to Create a Google Talk Account

To create a Google Talk account (which uses the XMPP communications protocol), you must first create a Gmail account.

To create a Gmail account, perform the following steps:

Step 1. Open your Internet browser, and type http://www.google.com into the browser address bar to activate your local Google home page:

Figure 1: An example of a Google Home page

Step 2. Click the Gmail link (outlined in black), as shown below:

Figure 2: The Google Home page menu bar with the Gmail link

This will activate the following screen:

Figure 3: The Gmail account home page

Step 3. Click to activate the following screen:

Figure 4: The first half of the Create an Account page

Note: The Get Started with Gmail form is too long to be reproduced in its entirety, and is divided into two basic sections in this example. As usual, the less information you volunteer, the better the privacy and security of your email communications!

Step 4. Type in the information required into the First Name, Last Name and Desired Login Name text fields. For reasons of anonymity and confidentiality however, these should not correspond to your actual first and last names.

Step 5. Click to see if your desired log-in name is available. If it is not, you may have to invent something a little more original!

Important: As you may have noticed, the Stay signed in and Enable Web History features are automatically enabled whenever you attempt to create a new account. However, both these features can also compromise your on-line privacy and security, by allowing Gmail track your on-line habits.

Step 6. Disable the Stay signed in and Enable Web History check boxes as shown in Figure 4 above and continue with the account creation process.

Figure 5: The second half of the Gmail Create an Account form

Step 7. Select a question from the Security Question drop-down list, and then type in a random combination of letters and numbers in the Answer text field, and leave the Recovery email text field blank as shown in Figure 5 above.

Step 8. Select a country listed in the Location drop-down list which corresponds to your current location.

Note: A further level of anonymity is possible if you have the opportunity to create a Gmail account while you are living in or travelling through a country that is not your country of origin or permanent residence.

Step 9. Type in the distorted word in the Word Verification field to confirm that a human is creating this account!

Step 10. Click to accept the Google Terms of Service, and activate the following page:

Figure 6: The Introduction to Gmail page

Congratulations! You have now created a Gmail account as well as a Google Talk account after completing the minimum required text fields, and by not offering superfluous or unnecessary information. Now that you have a Google Talk account, you are ready to register it to Pidgin. To learn more about registering your account to Pidgin, please refer to How to Register Your Instant Messaging Account to Pidgin. After you have done so, you may return to the following section to learn about enabling a secure connection.

4.1 How to Enable a Secure Connection

Users who register and use Pidgin with a Google Talk, IRC, SILC or an XMPP compatible service, may configure Pidgin to use a secure channel or connection, otherwise known as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS).

To configure an SSL or TLS connection, perform the following steps:

Step 1. Click or select Start > Pidgin to launch Pidgin, and activate the Buddy List.

Step 2. Open the Accounts menu and select your account to activate its associated sub-menu, and then select the Edit account item as follows:

Figure 7: The Accounts menu displaying a Pidgin account with the Edit account item selected

This will activate the Modify Account window, and display the default Basic tab as follows:

Figure 8: The Modify Account menu with displaying the default Basic tab

Note: If you already have a Gmail account, registered to Pidgin, the Modify Account window will appear as shown in Figure 8 above.

Step 3. Click the Advanced tab to configure it as follows:

Figure 9: The Modify Account screen displaying the Advanced tab

Step 4. Select the Use old-style SSL to automatically enable a secure channel over which your messaging session can take place.

Step 5. Type talk.google.com into the Connect server text field.

Step 6. Click to save your settings, and then click the Proxy tab as follows:

Figure 10: The Modify Account screen displaying the Proxy tab

Step 7. Select the Use Global Proxy Settings item if this is not the default setting, and then click to enable a secure connection between your correspondent and yourself.