[CS-FSLUG] Why Don't ISPs Offer Secure POP Connections?, Vol 102, Issue 12

Georges Rodier georges.rodier at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 10:06:59 CDT 2012

Le mardi 21 août 2012 à 07:36 -0500, christiansource-request at ofb.biz a
écrit :
> Subject: Re: [CS-FSLUG] Why Don't ISPs Offer Secure POP Connections?
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> David, Gmail is secure in the sense that you have an encrypted
> connection when you use it.  The point of my blog post is that many
> people connect to their ISP's POP server by sending their password
> *unencrypted* across the Internet - plain text for anyone to see.
> Privacy is a separate issue, even if a bit intertwined.
> :-)

Over the Internet? Doesn't the word "Internet" suggest travel across two
or more Internet ISP's and/or other domains? 

When I connect to MY ISP POP server(s) am I not staying within their
domain? My ISP is a cable company and I use one of their modems to
connect to one of their POP servers using their hardware and wire.

Don't get me wrong, I too would prefer a more secure connection which,
to some degree I believe, I have when I use my ISP's webmail service to
connect to my local eMail accounts.

Not all users have the knowledge and skill to set up and manage their
own eMail servers. What do you recommend they/we do?


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