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12-09-2004, 04:20 PM
I have been told that MS Outlook is very vulnerable, and that I should always use webmail. Do you feel this is valid advice?
12-09-2004, 05:25 PM
I use FoxMail, and had no problems..... This is used for personal usage though.
12-10-2004, 12:00 PM
What I heard would apply to any desktop email application, you are transmitting your password over the Internet, in the clear? If you use an encrypted webmail program, you have some protection? Can the moderator of this forum give me some suggestions on this issue?
I have more than a passing interest in this. I am being stalked by a woman who will do anything to make my life miserable. I don't think she is a hacker, but certainly she can employ others to do it for her, and I need to protect myself in every way possible.
12-16-2004, 01:51 PM
The answer to this question is that it may be your problem, but its your email account provider that must provide the solution.
If you get to your email through an account http:// then its vunerable. If the account is https:// its less vunerable.
And if you're like me and save every password on your PC then you are vunerable.
Last question? So why is my ex-wife after you:^)
12-16-2004, 02:09 PM
Let me add this.
The odds of any hacker getting your account is slim to none. If I were to tap a TCP/IP stream going to Netscape, I might get a lot of accounts and I might look at each of them. The problem is that I can't get just the one (yours) I want without having to go through tons of data that I probably don't want. Its similar to being behind the shoot of a manure truck. Yes, you can capture what's coming through the pipe but it isn't worth much.
12-16-2004, 09:33 PM
What I heard would apply to any desktop email application, you are transmitting your password over the Internet, in the clear?
Generally web based email logon/logoff is secure and pop3/smtp used by most desktop apps is not, however, for the most part using pop3 you only connect to your isp's mail server so the password details don't travel across the internet as such but just to your isp. The isp generally only allows clients of it's sytem access to the mail server so provides limited protection.
If you have to use a standard mail client to connect to a remote mail server ie not the one provided by your isp they may be able to set up imapi mail access rather than pop3/smtp which is more secure as far as I know.
12-18-2004, 12:33 PM
well i find MS Outlook pretty good...
I tried Thunderbird but then again switched back to Outlook only...
just dont click on unknown links, exe, zip and other attachments...and images are blocked by default (need to right click to view images)
I would suggest MS Outlook only