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    accessing your domain's mail

    sorry couldnt find a better place to post this...
    but would anyone here know what are the pros and cons of logging in to your domain's mail via:
    Code:
    http://yourdomain.com/webmail
    and
    Code:
    https://yourdomain.com/webmail
    obviously, the second one uses a secure connection (https)... the only problem is i cant log-in using it...

    Firefox says: "This connection is untrusted"..
    IE says: "Security Alert"...

    they complain about the security certificate being not vaild or something...

    so i just resort to:
    Code:
    http://yourdomain.com/webmail
    but does that pose any security threat??
    if so, then how should I do it properly?

    i know i can just log-in to cpanel and access the webmail from there.. but what if i had a client and i dont want them to access cpanel (since they might mess it up).. i just want them to have access to the mail account..

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    The security from logging in from there versus logging in from a mail client is the same. Its dependant upon the client's security. Surely if someone has an unsecure network and a breacher has a packet sniffer he will sniff the password unless its done from an SSL (https) like you posted earlier. You can make stand alone email accounts in cPanel and I am sure if it a host has cPanel they have POP3 and/or IMAP installed so you should be able to access the mail from a mail client if it makes you feel more secure.

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    Just accept the security alert. It's only because the SSL is a self signed SSL more than likely. It's a common thing to do since, buying a "real" SSL, is expensive as crap in terms of how it's limited to a single domain. Also, i only use the word "real" for lack of a better term, since a self signed SSL is 100% real. Of course this doesn't really fly if you're doing a ecommerce site or a client site that needs to process data securely, cause many of your general consumers will not think it's secure, so you need to get one of those "real" ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darren884 View Post
    The security from logging in from there versus logging in from a mail client is the same. Its dependant upon the client's security. Surely if someone has an unsecure network and a breacher has a packet sniffer he will sniff the password unless its done from an SSL (https) like you posted earlier. You can make stand alone email accounts in cPanel and I am sure if it a host has cPanel they have POP3 and/or IMAP installed so you should be able to access the mail from a mail client if it makes you feel more secure.
    so it won't hurt if i stick to "http"? also i rarely use a "mail client" like outlook so i dont really know how that works, let alone how POP3 and IMAP works.. i usually just check my mail through yahoo, gmail, or hotmail; wherein you go to a site, fill the username & password fields, then there your are inside the mailbox..

    i'd like to just be able to give my client a URL where he/she can go to and fill out a username and password field, which then brings him/her inside the "mailbox" / mail account..

    Quote Originally Posted by simplistik View Post
    Just accept the security alert. It's only because the SSL is a self signed SSL more than likely.
    yeah the only problem with it though is it looks so unprofessional.. i dont know how im going to say to my client "hey, here is how you log-in to your email account... oh and by the way, when the security alert shows up, just accept it"...

    so basically, i guess i just need a way to be able to make it easy for the client to log-in to their email account, and at the same time, also be secure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeDollarBill View Post
    yeah the only problem with it though is it looks so unprofessional.. i dont know how im going to say to my client "hey, here is how you log-in to your email account... oh and by the way, when the security alert shows up, just accept it"...

    so basically, i guess i just need a way to be able to make it easy for the client to log-in to their email account, and at the same time, also be secure...
    you just need to explain the concept of a self signed ssl certificate. it's fine to not use the https version. but don't just toss the option out the window cause you're afraid of it looking unprofessional. you can provide your client w/ regular protocol and then say that the https protocol is another option. explain to him the concept behind https, and then also explain to him what a self signed ssl is, and then provide him w/ the alternative on how to get a signed certificate. it doesn't make you look unprofessional unless you come across uneducated in the matter when/if you're explaining it to him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simplistik View Post
    you just need to explain the concept of a self signed ssl certificate. it's fine to not use the https version. but don't just toss the option out the window cause you're afraid of it looking unprofessional. you can provide your client w/ regular protocol and then say that the https protocol is another option. explain to him the concept behind https, and then also explain to him what a self signed ssl is, and then provide him w/ the alternative on how to get a signed certificate. it doesn't make you look unprofessional unless you come across uneducated in the matter when/if you're explaining it to him.
    alright.. thanks for the advice, ill take that into consideration..

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