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Pop3 Mail Vs Web Based Mail


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#1 Bernie70

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 06:08 AM

Hi there. I've always used free web based mail and haven't had a problem. But my father likes using Microsoft Outlook Express (bleh!) which I can respect.

So basically I have to set up his email for POP3 mail which isn't my question. But I do have a question about POP3 mail vs webbased mail.

I've heard that POP3 mail is more prone to security hacks..is that true? and what are the advantages and disadvantages of POP3 mail. Thanks so much

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 10:55 AM

Many people prefer using POP E-mail because it allows you to read, reply, or compose messages off-line and at leisure; or because you have a copy of the E-mail that can be kept on your computer or archived to disk (especially for business uses); or because you can download E-mail while multitasking or doing other activities on-line.

Certainly, there are additional security problems associated with POP E-mail, since the contents eventually reside on your computer; however, these are easily handled by following best security practices about opening attachments and keeping your resident AV current. Since most E-mail providers now also scan your E-mail for malware, E-mail security is much improved.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:55 PM

I prefer to have both.
Webmail for site signups, spam, etc and pop3 for mail from known sources.
You can still use pop3 mail clients like Outlook and OE to download, save and send mail via a webmail account using 3rd party software and avoid the hassle of logging in all the time. Of course you'ld want to preview it on the server first. Mailwasher works good for that.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 07:50 PM

Thanks so much for your input..it's much appreciated.




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