Can’t believe it’s that time of the month again… It’s always annoying having the att.net email address hacked. I’m just going to finish downloading the messages from it, then transfer them to gmail or another account. It’s not even like a I use a crappy password. It uses my old 05 format for passwords, but it should be good enough. I’ll reveal it since it’s one of my last accounts to use that format.
PassworDAnDSitEAnDBrowseRXXX where X are numbers. It’s bad enough that att.net email still uses POP, but there’s no reason my mail should be getting raped every month. Not even hotmail has this issue.
Not only that, but to put it simply POP3 sucks . It stands for Post Office Protocol version 3. If you use a mail client, a special program that lets you download your email so that it’s viewable and manageable even while offline, then any emails sent from it do not get saved on the server. This is like saying if you do not hand your outgoing mail to the mailman, there will not be any significant record of it being sent. There are a few other shortcomings, especially when compared to IMAP, but the sending issue is the biggest one for me. The syncing across multiple clients easily is the second.
I found this out the hard way in ’09 when I was fighting against my landlord. Thank God I faxed them via the internet too or things could be much worse now. IMAP stands for “Internet Mail Access Protocol”. It’s sleek and efficient in comparison to POP. It has all of the same abilities as pop, but the sent emails are all recorded online, even when sent from a mail client. Just imagine that IMAP is like sending every piece of mail certified. IMAP keeps everything perfectly in sync without having to fiddle around with it a lot.
Still lost? When you go to a website like yahoo.com, that’s called web mail or web based mail. It’s the way that most people handle their email. You can go to any computer and all of your emails will be present. Both inbox and outbox. Mail clients are programs like Outlook or Thunderbird. They run on your computer like Microsoft Office or Internet Explorer. They give you full access to your email like going to the website, but keep a copy saved to your computer. That’s good for personal organization, for laptops, and for people with data caps on their internet service.
If their webmail uses POP, then all of your actions aren’t recorded, they aren’t synced. Itunes keeps music on a computer and an ipod synced. IMAP does that for email, it keep it synced between the web and your computer. There are more differences between the two protocols, but the improvement in syncing is arguably the most significant difference aside from the enhanced security it offers. Hotmail uses POP, most free and even paid email uses pop. If you want IMAP then you’ll need to use gmail, pay for your email service or to host your own email server yourself. POP isn’t completely without syncing and server to client-side features, but they pale in comparison to the power and ease of an IMAP based email server.
Why was I using att.net? It’s free, it’s a good way to transfer facebook contacts out of the backdoor to other networks like Google+ and for some reason potential employers respect att.net over gmail. I have an @nodiceplease.com email address but I’ve given up that hosting. I’m trying to get ownership of nodice.com. It’s not easy, eventually I’ll have to settle for a different domain. I’m going to need to set up a few more web thingies to increase presence and communication. Most of my content supporters just email me or circle me for now. It’s a small group but it’s growing.
If I haven’t completely lost you then I’d like to know how you handle your email. There are plenty of options available today that can, in some cases, be mixed and matched for interesting abilities and uses.