OTR – Off-the-Record Messaging
OTR, Off-the-Record, is a secure encryption algorythm.
PGP has the problem, that after getting the private fingerprint/key you can, for all old files/conversations you have, tell it was that person/that key encrypting them.
OTR however automatically generates and uses new keys to ensure it’s secure, even in the future.
You can’t tell it was a specific person encrypting it as anyone could fake it.
A Plugin for Pidgin is available, as well as for many other Messengers.
Also see wikipedia article.