[OT] gmail behaviour
Leland F. Jackson, CPA
lelandj at mail.smvfp.com
Wed Feb 27 20:16:07 CST 2008
I've never used qMail, so I'm making some assumption here. Perhaps this
When you connect to your WebMail Server using https://, everything is
encrypted including your user name and password. When you connect to
your WebMail Server using http:// everything is sent to your WebMail
server in plain text. The WebMail server is a middleman that brokers
between your computer and the SMTP mail Server. You can see the link at
the bottom for more information:
As a recipient, you can generally retrieve your email by either using a
web-based interface known as "WebMail", or via an "email client"
program, such as Microsoft Outlook or Eudora, running on your personal
computer. The email client programs will talk directly to your email
server and speak IMAP or POP. With WebMail, your computer will talk to a
WebMail server using a web connection (speaking HTTP); the WebMail
server will, in turn, talk to your email server using POP or IMAP.
*The Lack of Security in Email*
* *WebMail*: If the connection to your WebMail server is "insecure"
(i.e. the address is http:// and NOT https://), then all
information including your username and password is not encrypted
as it passes between the WebMail server and your computer.
* *SMTP*: SMTP <http://luxsci.com/extranet/info/email-smtp.html>
does not encrypt messages. All communications between SMTP servers
send your messages in plain text for any eavesdropper to see.
Additionally, if your email server requests that you send your
username and password to "login" to the SMTP server in order to
relay messages to other servers, then these are also sent in plain
text, subject to eavesdropping. Finally, messages sent via SMTP
include information about which computer they were sent from and
what email program was used. This information, available to all
recipients, may be a privacy concern.
Kay C Lan wrote:
> A couple of days ago I had gmail go all haywire on me. This was in FireFox,
> As a fall back I started up Safari and was able to access my account but
> noted that the URL was http: when I'm sure it used to be https:
> Since then I've gone back into FireFox, trashed the gmail cookie,
> reconnected to gmail and it's https:, whilst if I log in at the same time
> with Safari it's http:, in fact:
> FireFox: https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox
> Safari: http://mail.google.com/mail/#inbox
> What gives?
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