How to securely connect to Squick in...

HexChat

HexChat is quite easy to create an encrypted connection in. These instructions assume you're working with a fresh network list that doesn't have Squick in it; if you aren't, just edit your existing Squick network settings along these lines.

  1. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Open the Network List dialog.
  2. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Tick the "show favorites only" box if it's not ticked; it will make this easier. Click the "Add" button, type in "Squick". With Squick selected, click the "Favor" button. Finally, click the "Edit" button with Squick still selected.
  3. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. In the top pane, click newserver/6667, then click the "Edit" button. Type in irc.squick.me/6697 and press enter. Tick the "Use SSL for all servers on this network" box. Click the "Close" button when you're done.
  4. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Select Squick in the network list, then click the "Connect" button to log on.

KVIrc

KVIrc is probably the most complex of the bunch to get used to, but it's pretty easy once you know the process. Like the HexChat guide, this assumes you haven't yet added Squick to your server config. If you have, jump into editing it by skipping the network/server creation parts of the process.

  1. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Open the Server dialog.
  2. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Click the "New Network" (globe) button. Type in "Squick" for its name.
  3. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Click the "New Server" (computer) button. Type in "irc.squick.me" for its name. When you're done, click the "Advanced" button to open the "Server Details" dialog.
  4. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Click the "Connection" tab. Change the port to 6697, then tick the "Use SSL protocol" box. Click the "OK" button.
  5. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. With Squick selected, click the big blue "Connect Now" button to log on.

ChatZilla

ChatZilla is usually started by making use of the IRCS links on our server page, and it has no problems activating TLS for them automatically.

If you want to automatically connect to Squick any time you start ChatZilla by itself, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Open the Preferences dialog.
  2. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Click the "Startup" tab. Scroll down to "Locations" and click the "Add" button.
  3. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Paste ircs://irc.squick.me:6697/ into the prompt. Click the "OK" button in the prompt and then in the Preferences dialog to confirm your changes. That's it!

Quassel

Quassel has a similar difficulty level to HexChat; pretty easy, but it does require enabling a non-standard option and tweaking the port number.
This process assumes you have started Quassel for the first time already, and you aren't setting up Squick wizard-style.

  1. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Open the Configure Quassel dialog (Settings>Configure Quassel in the menubar).
  2. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Navigate to IRC>Networks in the left pane, then click the "Add..." button.
  3. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Create a new network using the dialog that appears. The name should be "Squick", the server address and port should be "irc.squick.me" and "6697", and the server password should be left blank. Make sure to tick the "Use secure connection" checkbox. When you're done, press "OK".
  4. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Squick will now appear under the chat listing and in the menubar under File>Networks. To connect, right-click Squick in the chat listing and select "Connect".

mIRC

mIRC isn't officially recommended (other clients may serve your needs better for no cost), but since so many people use it, we've included directions here regardless.

If you're using mIRC 7.36 or lower (check with Help>About in the menubar), please upgrade to a newer release. Older versions of mIRC are buggy and only support connection security with some ugly workarounds.

To connect to irc.squick.me securely one time: /server irc.squick.me:+6697

To create and use a persistent configuration:

  1. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Open the Options dialog.
  2. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. In the left pane of the Options dialog, expand "Connect" and click "Servers". Click the "Add" button in the right pane.
  3. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. In the "Add Server" dialog that appears, fill in the first four fields with "Squick", "irc.squick.me", "+6697", and "Squick". Leave the fifth field ("Password") blank. Press the "Add" button to commit your changes.
  4. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Click the Squick server you just created. Press the "Select" button.
  5. Click here to open a screenshot of this step. Press the "Connect" button to connect to Squick. You may also connect via File>Connect in the menubar.

Everything else

If your client isn't listed here, you'll have to put your thinking cap on or do some web research. Keep an eye out for "secure", "SSL", "TLS", and "encrypted" keywords in your connection configuration menus. If your client gives you the choice between SSL and TLS, always disregard SSL and use TLS, preferring the highest available version.

You could try opening ircs://irc.squick.me:6697/, ircs://irc.squick.me:+6697/, or even irc://irc.squick.me:+6697/ with your client.

If all else fails, you can still use our webchat... and remember that you can get help from our staff there, as well as over email. We really want you to be safe, so we'll help you get your client set up if you get stuck!