[clug] How to cope with broken ISP mail services?

Francis James Whittle fudje at grapevine.net.au
Thu Apr 2 00:51:17 GMT 2009

I think the only reasonable solution there is to whinge at your ISP.
There's very little chance a spambot (I assume this is what they're
trying to "protect" you from) will make an SSL connection to the target
host, so....

On Thu, 2009-04-02 at 11:41 +1100, grail at velocitynet.com.au wrote:
> My ISP has disabled off-net mail submission services. That is to say that
> I no longer have access to an SSL-securied SMTP service with
> authentication. At this time, I can only send messages through SMTP by
> being on-net (ie: at home, connected over the ISPs own ADSL services) and
> using unsecured SMTP - no SSL and no authentication.
> At first glance, I think my options are:
>  - Give up my grail at goldweb.com.au email address after 15 years
>  - Sign up with a second ISP who will provide a secure off-net MSA - Give
> up on using a mail application and use the web-based mail interface -
> Agitate the current ISP into either restoring off-net MSA (or pissing
> them off so they cancel my account)
> Are there any obvious solutions I've missed?

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