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Advantages and disadvantages of POP3



Advantages and disadvantages of POP3

POP3 email accounts require a piece of software called an email reader in order to send and receive email. Common applications that serve as email readers are: Netscape Messenger, Outlook Express, Outlook, AOL email, Pegasys, Eudora, Juno and a few others.

Email readers are generally bundled with Internet browsers but they are actually a separate piece of software. There are several commercial, open source and freeware/shareware email client software for all kinds of operating systems. With a reader/client software, when you are ready to check your email, you start your email software. Once it opens, click a button on your toolbar to download your email and wait for your email to download to your computer so that you can begin reading it.

When you are ready to create a new email to send to others, you have the options of Reply, Forward, or New Message. Which ever method you use, you must click the correct button inside your software to create the new message.

Advantages of POP3:

  • Since all mails resides on your PC, you can read your mail without being logged onto the Internet.
  • You may create new messages to send to others without being logged onto the Internet. They remains in often what is called hold folder and you can not only edit them before being posted, you can even allocate various priorities to each message along with even a schedule date and time when you would like it to get actually posted.
  • All messages are stored on your hard drive on your own computer. You only connect to net to download and post your messages from your inbox.
  • There is no advertising when you read your email unless you are using an Adware email reader like Eudora freeware.
  • Opening attachments is a quick and painless process because they are already on your PC.
  • There are often no size limits on the email you send or receive.
  • There is not a maximum size on your mailbox, except as determined by the size of your hard drive.

Disadvantages of POP3:

  • Opening attachments is a quick and painless process, unless the attachment has a virus payload in it.
  • If you have JavaScript enabled in your email reader, you might be target of rogue JavaScript embedded in an email.
  • All messages are stored on your hard drive eating up what is sometimes very valuable space.
  • Since all attachments are stored (downloaded) on your PC there is a potential danger of virus attack if they are not properly scanned by virus scanners. Then sirus scans can only address 60% of attacks effectively leaving your PC to a great danger.
  • Email folders can become corrupted and sometimes lost forever. Recovering is often a painful exercise.
  • All messages are stored on your system, and privacy disappears when someone sits down at your machine. Even if your email reader is password protected, it is often possible for someone who knows what they are doing to read your email by using another application to open your mail folders.

Since all messages along with attachments needs to be downloaded at once by POP3, this makes downloading large attachments on a slow connection very unmanageable and frustrating. Using POP3 with mobile phones or over slow dialup connections could cause you some real frustrations and annoyance.

 



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POP3 email accounts require a piece of software called an email reader in order to send and receive email. Common applications that serve as email readers are: Netscape Messenger, Outlook Express, Outlook and Eudora etc. This article provides some simple facts about advantages and disadvantages of POP3

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