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Thunderbird - Receiving Emails - Not Working


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#1 lulabelle

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 10:06 AM

Today I'm unable to receive my emails from my Yahoo.com address via Thunderbird version 2.0.0.16 (20080708) on computer running Vista. I am still able to send emails however. I'm worried that I might have messed with the options cos when I had a similar problem I changed the port numbers (as it told me to do in the Yahoo Help files) and it started to work. That time I changed the SMTP port setting to 587 and the POP port setting to 110 and everythings worked fine for the best part of a year. Today I stupidly went in, fiddled with the settings and can't remember what the original settings should be (except the ports which are still set as 587 and 110). Should the SMTP be "SSL" or "No"? Should the POP be "Never", "SSL" and/or should the "use secure authentication" be ticked? I don't understand what it means and I'm just totally confused.

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#2 lulabelle

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 05:32 PM

Been out for dinner and on return it seems to be functioning Ok again, so it appears I didn't do any lasting damage.

Anyone who can explain what all this secure setting/SSL means would make me a very happy bunny. :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 06:28 PM

SSL is like a "secret handshake" between your computer and a webserver that identifies the legitimacy of the site and prevents outside and unwanted interference with the communication between the two by using a common encryption (or codebook). Anytime you are transmitting sensitive material between your computer and a server, such as a bank balance inquiry, SSL is used to protect the information.
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