Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging enables you to have private conversations over instant messaging. According to the OTR Development Team, it aims to provide the following:
- Encryption: No one else can read your instant messages.
- Authentication: You are assured the correspondent is who you think it is.
- Deniability: The messages you send do not have digital signatures that are checkable by a third party. Anyone can forge messages after a conversation to make them look like they came from you. However, during a conversation, your correspondent is assured the messages he sees are authentic and unmodified.
- Perfect forward secrecy: If you lose control of your private keys, no previous conversation is compromised.