Solved: Sett'n Up THunderbird (I got a WARNING!) ?...

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luky

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setting up a new mail account (from gmx.com) with a fresh installation of ThunderBird.....
i got this ....
Warning !
- Incoming Settings: pop.gmx.com does not support encryption
- Technical Details
Insecure Mail servers do not use encrypted connections to protect your passwords and private information. By connecting to this server you could expose your password and private information

my concern comes from WHO im exposing my "password and private information" too.
does it mean like other people that use this computer, here at home? - if so - thats okay
OR people outside via the internet like hackers / bad guys /creepy crawlers ?

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"By connecting to this server you could expose your password and private information"
to who?
as always thanks all
 

TerryNet

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To travel from your computer to that mail server packets (data; the message) travel over many wires, maybe some radio connections, and through several to many other computers. Anybody who has access to those computers or can tap into the network along the way can intercept the packets. Or, in your words, "people outside via the internet like hackers / bad guys /creepy crawlers."
 

luky

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thanks TerryNet,
what you said makes sense - ill have to take your word for it.
i guess now im off to search for another FREE email provider that i can accomplish this with :(
 
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gmx.com is very hard to use and I have never gotten that site to work right.
 

luky

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sorry - i havent been back to update...
i appreciate what you guys offered and as a result i ended up going with gmail.
i ended up learning also that theres some kinda issue with gmx and craigslist.....
i just dont need all the drama! lolol
thanks a bunch for the feedback, especially to you, TerryNet, for clearing up how that works and how one can be exposed.
thanks guys
 
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