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Webmail Notifier Recommendations?


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#1 floridaze

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 12:18 PM

Hi Bleepsters. I'm looking for a safe and efficient program or add-on to notify me of new mail on my Gmail and Yahoo web accounts.

I use Firefox 3.x.xx and I'm currently using the add-on that's just called "WebMail Notifier." It works great and meets my needs perfectly, but I'm wondering how secure it is to store my passwords on a browser add-on. Would I be safer using an installed program instead of an add-on? (I'm running Win 7 Home Premium x64.) I'm scared of all the hacking of webmail that's being done the past couple years, the passwords being hacked and spam links being sent out wildly and such.

A consensus on the safest way to get notified of my new webmail would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:22 PM

The safest password is the one you don't remember. That said, any saved password is vulnerable to compromise, no matter if it is saved in a Firefox addon or not.

I used WebMail Notifier for a long time, and I loved it. Now I use Thunderbird to check my email and I let it save my passwords, too.

However, the only realistic way somebody could potentially get at your saved passwords (or mine, for that matter) is to be physically sitting at your machine. In Thunderbird, you can go to "Saved Passwords" and click "Show passwords" to see the passwords you have saved. But that's not a big deal to me since I'm the only one who has access to my machine.

The "hacking of webmail" doesn't have much to do with your saved passwords, but more to do with companies not protecting their data well and people re-using passwords. See my posts in this thread for more info: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic409063.html

Here's a list of things you should be wary of, including but not limited to: using open Wi-Fi access points (unencrypted), using the same password for multiple accounts, out-of-date software (including anti-virus), downloading torrents, porn, etc.

In summary, it is perfectly fine, in my opinion, to use a webmail notifier (assuming you trust the author of the software, that is) or a dedicated email client like Thunderbird. They have the same level of security.
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 11:15 AM

WOW, thanks a ton for all the great info, kNinja.

I use Thunderbird too, but only for my proprietary and ISP email. I don't want all my webmail POP'ed to Tbird, and I can't POP my Yahoo accounts for free anyway. Gmail yes, Yahoo no.

I have WMN set up so that even when I get the notification, I still have to type my password into whatever webmail account(s) has/have the new message(s). That should be an extra layer of protection. I just feel squeamish about having my passwords stored on WMN, which I of course have to do in order to get notified within Firefox. If you say that the author of WebMail Notifier is safe from your experience, I'll trust your reassurance. I'm glad that it's OK to use an add-on rather than stand-alone software, because WMN is so easy and I already have it configured.

Everything is up to date on my machine, and it's a desktop connected via DSL, so never any wi-fi, and I DON'T download any pr0n, etc. I'll check out your link for sure.

The stealing/hacking of passwords I'm most concerned about is the gazillions of people who are getting spam links sent from their accounts. I mean the ones who really are, not the ones whose email addresses get spoofed. That scares me, if it's a hacker who could also change their secret questions.

Thank you VERY much. I won't worry so much now.

Edited by floridaze, 27 July 2011 - 11:36 AM.


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