1) Download stunnel
2) Download ssl libraries
3) Copy stunnel.exe into a directory of your choice - in my case c:stunnel
4) Unzip and copy the ssl libraries into c:winntsystem32
5) Create a new file called stunnel.conf in c:stunnel
6) Copy the following code straight into stunnel.conf and save
verify = 0
output = stunnel.log
client = yes
accept = localhost:6697
connect = sleek.cyberarmy.com:6697
7) I used sleek.cyberarmy.com, this is my favoured server. Note, not all servers support ssl so check with a server admin.
8) Run stunnel.exe you are now running stunnel listening and waiting for connections on port 6697, when it gets an incoming connection, it routes it through to the outbound server.
9) Open up your favourite irc client (in my case mirc) and type /server localhost:6697. This should connect to your local port, forward it through stunnel, and onto the irc server. Your communications will now be taking place via SSL.
10) I now add stunnel in my startup so its always there and running for me.
This article was originally written by w0lf