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RobDickson
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Registered: 06-08-2007

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It seems like an excellent Webmail facility. My only complaint is that the login isn't secure. Since my username and password are used to access my account details, this concerns me. I assume that this will be changed if it replaces the standard webmail facility.
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Registered: 30-07-2007

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POP3 access always sends usernames & password in clear text - i.e. unencrypted. Your email client on your PC does exactly the same so it is working as intended.
RobDickson
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Outlook Express always shows the secure padlock icon when connecting to e-mail servers, so I had always assumed that my username and password were transmitted securely. Thanks for putting me right.
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Hmm... I've never seen a padlock shown on OE and I'm running the latest V6. Unless some of your mailboxes use SSL to connect, which a normal POP3 mailserver does not use.
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When OE reaches the "authorising" stage a padlock icon appears in the corner - but I'm pretty sure it's nothing more than an icon, and does not mean that the connection is secure.
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Ahh, yes, if I look closely I can see it but it goes past very quick so I never really noticed before, and I suspect you are right, it's just a graphic (just like the inbox graphic when receiving mail) and not an actual padlock like it shows on IE.
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Well your old webmail shows a padlock when I'm entering my details.
I'm not using this trial version until one appears sorry.
csogilvie
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Actually, thats only partly true. With the current, integrated into the portal webmail, It depends on where you click the link from as to whether its secure or not.