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How secure is my POP3 password?
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Posted By:   Anonymous
Posted On:   Wednesday, June 12, 2002 11:35 PM

I've a web application that simply checks my incoming mails from the mail server (POP3) and then displays it via a JSP page.



Would my password be safe if I were to key it in on the net or I need to use SSL?



It's like using mail.com, I've a login page, so when I enter the name & password, is it safe or I need to do encryption or SSL? I don't see the web-based email using HTTPS for it.



Thanks.

Re: How secure is my POP3 password?

Posted By:   John_Zukowski  
Posted On:   Thursday, June 20, 2002 08:51 AM

If you check the RFC for POP3, you'll see it is a text based protocol. Under normal circumstances, the username and password are passed in the clear over the net.

Re: How secure is my POP3 password?

Posted By:   Christopher_Koenigsberg  
Posted On:   Thursday, June 13, 2002 06:58 AM

What kind of POP3 AUTH is it doing? Some are more secure. (see the POP3 RFC)

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