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Email Protocols

There are 2 main protocols or items used here for either the retrieval or delivery of e-mail.

The first one is called Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (or SMTP for short), which is the Internet's standard host-to-host mail transport protocol. Simply put, SMTP is what allow for the sending of your email, either when using your ISP or using the servers here (

The second is called Version 3 of the Post Office Protocol (or POP-3 for short), which is designed for user-to-mailbox access. Simply put, POP-3 is what allow for the receiving of your email, either when using your ISP or using the servers here (

These are the main protocols used today in most Computer-based email programs such as Outlook or Eudora and many others.

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Article No. 169
Created: 03:45 AM 12.26.03
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