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Re: mobile user strawman argument
- From: Brad Knowles
- Date: Thu Jun 30 13:43:44 2005
At 2:51 AM -0700 2005-06-29, Mike Leber wrote:
That's not the problem. The problem is that there are plenty of
providers who transparently proxy *all* outgoing SMTP requests to
their servers, e.g., AOL. If you publish SPF records for your
business and a customer is roaming and using AOL to access the
Internet (which is one of the primary reasons why a lot of people
keep their AOL accounts), they will be unable to send e-mail as their
userid on your server, because that connection will instead be
silently routed to the AOL servers.
Ya, ya, ya... you are going to say 1) its impossible to get people to use
designated servers for outgoing email. Or you will say 2) even if you do
this there will still be *spam*! (egads shock horrror!) Ugh please.
Yes, you can bypass this by using alternative ports, but not all
MUAs support alternative ports, or support them correctly.
Of course, if you're going to do this, you should also be doing
at least SMTPAUTH and preferably TLSSMTP, but then again many clients
are broken and don't support these technologies or don't support them
There are alternative solutions to the mobile user problem --
webmail services, VPNs, and shell e-mail. But none of them are a
panacea, and if you want to talk about a private customer as opposed
to a business person who is on an official trip, these options are
much less practical if it is their home ISP who has done this to them.
Brad Knowles, <email@example.com>
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