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    Any recommendations on a secure email service?

    Do you all know that the TM Net email is not really secure? It dont even have SSL encryption. Can you guys recommend a better email other than Yahoo or Gmail which also may not be so secure...

    Any free email service that has a reputation for security?

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    The only way to ensure secure email is to run it on your own domain, that way you have full control nad you can decide what spam setting to use to monitor your mail.

    Using your ISP mail such as Streamyx allows them to decide what mail you can send and recieve nad they do not even let you know what mail they are blocking, it is the sa,e with the free email services they often block legitimate mail but allow spam to pass throught.

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    I personally like Google App. You may just buy a domain name, and then register with google app at Google Apps

    then go thought the domain name verification + create some dns record such as MX record, cname in order to use it.

    I believe the gmail engine should be secure and famous enough for every one of you.




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    The Cost of Free Email

    [QUOTE=david_cheong;87903

    I believe the gmail engine should be secure and famous enough for every one of you.
    [/QUOTE]

    The Google gmail system still suffers at times with slow delivery so if you wish to ensure fast delivery of your mail you need to have it under your control, running on your own domain.

    If you are the owner of a business it is more professional to use an email address which includes your company name for example.

    If you compare two companies competing for a contract for carpet cleaning.

    Ace Carpet Cleaners Joe@acecarpetcleaners.com

    Carpet Solutions joe143@gmail.com

    Which one would you trust?
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    I wasn't sure about google apps either, but wikipedia reassures me:
    Google Apps is a service from Google for using custom domain names with several Google products.
    And on their overview page for the standard edition of Google Apps, they use the example
    Get custom email like hikingfan@your-group.com
    As for Coolio's original question, I really have nothing to add, except that perhaps you might consider a reputable VPS somewhere and set up your secure mail server exactly the way you want it. Oh, you want free. I think you have mutually incompatible requirements. I think Google's services are free only for non-commercial use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Ogden View Post
    The Google gmail system still suffers at times with slow delivery so if you wish to ensure fast delivery of your mail you need to have it under your control, running on your own domain.

    If you are the owner of a business it is more professional to use an email address which includes your company name for example.

    If you compare two companies competing for a contract for carpet cleaning.

    Ace Carpet Cleaners Joe@acecarpetcleaners.com

    Carpet Solutions joe143@gmail.com

    Which one would you trust?
    I have no idea on how much the delay actually Gmail will have, because as long as I use the Google App email (about 2 years+), it give me a very good view on that.

    At lease you no need to worry on the down time that you may face (we subscript for the web hosting service to host our email, it down after few times per month), and also the anti spam.

    Besides that, the 7gb of inbox space, I believe few of the mail hosting vendor can provide you such a space.

    But from the T&C that given by Google, business user is USD 50 per year, but if you don't go for the premier edition, you may still void the T&C and go for the free edition.


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    Coolio's original question yanked my chain, so I had a look at smtp-proxy.tm.net.my, and it does appear to offer secure connection:

    Code:
    sean@taiguima:~$ telnet smtp-proxy.tm.net.my 25
    Trying 202.188.0.174...
    Connected to smtp-proxy.tm.net.my.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    220 pp-proxy02.tm.net.my ESMTP Sun, 19 Apr 2009 15:43:09 +0800
    EHLO tm.net.my
    250-pp-proxy02.tm.net.my Hello [Streamyx address], pleased to meet you
    250-ENHANCEDSTATUSCODES
    250-PIPELINING
    250-8BITMIME
    250-SIZE
    250-DSN
    250-AUTH GSSAPI DIGEST-MD5 CRAM-MD5
    250-DELIVERBY
    250 HELP
    QUIT
    221 2.0.0 pp-proxy02.tm.net.my closing connection
    Connection closed by foreign host.
    According to that AUTH line, you should be able to make a secure connection. I tried (I don't currently use TM's mail server, but I will be soon, so I'd actually like to know) setting up my mail client (Mozilla Thunderbird) to use TLS on the outbound SMTP server, and it seems to work. At least it delivers mail, and I'm assuming if I choose TLS security then it really is using security of some kind.

    I haven't been using TM's proxy since I experienced lots of problems on a site where emails to customers were being rejected by AOL and Yahoo because TM's network was blacklisted from time to time. Might be worth bearing in mind if you intend to use their proxy. Also, TM's server makes full use of the freedom granted by RFC2821 and sends "MAIL From:" commands instead of the more common "MAIL FROM:". I just had to change a Mail Server project I've been working on because of that - it rejected my test message from TM!

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