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Changing email config in Thunderbird to secure my password

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Changing email config in Thunderbird to secure my password

Using Thunderbird 46.  Recently became aware that my password had been compromised.  I immediately changed the password, but also noticed that my POP3 account setup was using 'connection secruity - none' and 'Authentication method - password, trasnmitted insecurely'.  I'd like to change those, but don't know what values to use and if anything else (like the port) needs to be changed as well.

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Re: Changing email config in Thunderbird to secure my password

These are the settings for a client program---------------------

 

https://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/email-client-programs-with-xfinity-email/?eqs...




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Re: Changing email config in Thunderbird to secure my password

I realize this is peer-to-peer.  I'm not asking about anything that is specific to my account.  Just what would the be proper settings for connection security (startttls or ssl/tls) and authentication method ( encrypted password, or one of the other options).  I'd think that for the password the selection should be 'encrypted password' but don't know if there then needs to be other settings to allow a pswd that is encrypted prior to transmission to be decrypted upon receipt.

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Re: Changing email config in Thunderbird to secure my password

Ok, after a bit more probing, it appears that POP3 will not support encrypted passwords.  I found the article on switching to IMAP (http://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/pop-imap-mozilla-thunderbird) and tried to set up a new account in T-bird, but even then it wouldn't let me set to encrypted password.  It would set up for ssl/tls and passed the test with that but when I tried to switch it to encrypted password, it just reverted back to 'normal password'.

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Re: Changing email config in Thunderbird to secure my password


EdStevens wrote:

I realize this is peer-to-peer.  I'm not asking about anything that is specific to my account.  Just what would the be proper settings for connection security (startttls or ssl/tls) and authentication method ( encrypted password, or one of the other options).  I'd think that for the password the selection should be 'encrypted password' but don't know if there then needs to be other settings to allow a pswd that is encrypted prior to transmission to be decrypted upon receipt.


Comcast doesn't support "encrypted password", but it does support "encrypted everything". The STARTTLS or SSL/TLS options encrypt *all* relevant traffic, including passwords. So, port 587 for STARTTLS, or port 465 for SSL/TLS, and don't select any "encrypted password" options.

 

That's only between you and the Comcast server. If you want "end to end" secure communication... that's a whole different  ballgame.

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