I'm configuring my email on my new slack box. It's a home computer and only has two user accounts, root and me. I have the following in root's crontab:
/usr/bin/fetchmail -u <MYNAME> -p imap --ssl -P 993 <MYMAILSERVER>
Since MYMAILSERVER is not my ISP but just a separate service elsewhere in net land, I'm very interested in making sure my password isn't sent clear. I know my mailserver does support SSL. The above gets my email all right, but is there any way I can verify --ssl is actually secure? Or should I just trust it?
I believe -P 993 is redundant, since --ssl should make it use the 993 port by default, but that's just my paranoia.
Thanks again for everyone's awesome help.