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Old 01-17-2018, 10:20 PM   #1
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SSL Email Everywhere


Here's a bit of trivia:

My cable provider, which I also use for my primary email, is mandating that all email users implement SSL email before the end of next week. I was not using SSL on one of email mail clients, but, if someone broke into my email, the most likely effect would have been to be bored into a catatonic state . . . .

In their notification, they state that this is in the interests of customers' security, and I have no reason to be skeptical of that claim. I've got my beefs with them, but said beefs are related to management policies, not to technical competence. I have had nothing but positive experiences with their tech support and customer service.

Has anyone else's ISP have taken this step?

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Old 01-18-2018, 08:57 AM   #2
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It's a sensible move, and they're probably trying to cover their butt somehow. If you're using a webmail client it definitely should be using HTTPS. If you're using an e-mail program (as I do), you should be certain that it has a cryptographically-secure connection to the upstream mail server. (Crypto security got "grafted on" to some of these protocols. And, some mail-servers use SSL to encrypt the entire handshake and communication.)

There is a very strong move, assisted greatly by "free SSL certificate" providers such as LetsEncrypt, to make everything on the Internet use encryption. A glance at the top-bar of your browser right now will show a "padlock" symbol: your connection to LQ is encrypted. Is that because the contents of this website are top-secret? Not exactly. But it does enable you to confirm that you are, in fact, talking to "the real LQ." Even WikiPedia did the same thing. I'm deploying a little website now for a social club. Same thing.

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Old 01-18-2018, 12:07 PM   #3
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I've received notifications from my cable provider, AOL, and Gmail to update connections to stop using port 110 and start using port 995 to support using SSL on the POP3 connection. Encrypting connections between remote computers a lot of sense, especially in this day of wireless connectivity. Preventing passwords flying through the ether in the clear is definitely a good idea.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 09:55 PM   #4
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So they are clearly not outliers, but, rather, this seems to be a trend. (I just checked and they are using https for webmail.)

Thanks.
 
Old 01-26-2018, 03:55 PM   #5
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Yeah, frankbell,

3-4 years back, my email service was interrupted for the same reason: I went from cleartext to encrypted. That was not a problem for me, in fact, I liked it. I don't know why they had to interrupt my service to make the change, though.


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