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Walter Howard
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Auto Config on Startup for Roaming Portable...

I could use some help setting up my Thunderbird mail system?

I'm new to this open source stuff, so please forgive me if I seem inept (Actually, I am) Smile

What I'm trying to do is set Thunderbird up so that regardless of what system I happen to be using, I can simply plug in my Cruzer USB micro with Thunderbird and receive my email from several different email accounts.

It seems as though each time I use a different host, I have to fuss with adjusting the "Incoming Server" and the "Outgoing Server" fields(SMPT) to connect and receive my mail. To date, I still haven't been able to get Thunderbird working.

Is there anyone willing to help me find a way to do this?

--Walter--

whowardf@hotmail.com

or,

whowardf@gmail.com

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I you have

dialup connection or a router, nothing should have to be changed.
Only behind a proxy, things could get difficult.
If you set up a new account with Gmail, you will be asked to enter some info.

your Gmail info is as follows:

whowardf@gmail.com
pop.gmail.com port 995 over SSL
smtp.gmail.com port 587 over TSL
username: whowardf@gmail.com
password: ???

That should allow you to receive your first emails.

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Blocking + Real SMTP

This is due to a combination of port 25 blocking and your mail provider. A good mail provider provides you with a password-protected SMTP server that uses a secure port. If you use anything else, you can't use it portably. Even Gmail provides this to you and they have instructions for setting up Thunderbird right on their website. For other providers, you will need to ask them. If they don't provide secure SMTP, you should switch to a better provider.

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Sorry if I hijack the thread, John,

but do you know the difference between "secure authentification" and TSL/SSL?
many have SSL/TSL, very few have secure authentification".

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You're combining terms

SSL or TLS = secure connection
Requires Username and Password to SMTP = authentication

The only SMTP servers that don't require passwords are usually internal ones (like if you're connected to your ISP), but even these are going away and wisening up to the whole spam problem.

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THX

But in TB there is a checkbox with "secure auth". I just wanted to know why all email providers (web.de, gmx) say " dont enable secure auth!!!"
Does "secure auth" mean TB has a secure connection when delivering your username and password?

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Kerberos

Oh, you mean on the POP/IMAP side of things... that's Kerberos. And most servers don't support it. It's a specialized protocol. As long as you're using SSL or TLS, your username and password are not sent in the clear.

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thanks very much

I have been after an answer to this problem for quite some time.

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Thanks guys...

--W_Howard--I just bought a new MacBook Pro, and will have to be using the OS X version of TB.

I think you all made some very helpful statements for me. But I do think that if I'm a mobile businessman who doesn't have/want to bring anything but a flash drive, then I will probably have to use the systems of hosting companies, etc... Each company possibly presenting the security issue mentioned above.

So, the question still remains to be this...

When I plug my flash drive with portable TB on it into SOMEONE ELSE'S system who has an ISP/Mail provider that uses a mail security feature for their customers, how can I set up flash TB--either with a script or an add on--to be allowed to receive my email on that other person/company's system. (With the person/company's consent of course). I'd like to be able to just plug it in, have the host system's server settings be automatically read and entered into a temp configuration thing that will revert back to a blank set up state once I unplug the flash drive.

Am I making sense here, because I really don't know?

I don't need to become a burden on my customers as I travel just to be able to read my email. So this is my dilemma gentlemen. I'd love to be able to get away from the spamMail systems altogether...but I'd also like a million dollars wired to me from an two nice old ladies with a lot of money. Smile

Once again, Thank You.

--Walter Howard--
aka Mobileguy.

--W_Howard--

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