Re: How secure is your e-mail password?



On Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:42:13 +0200, Anonymous Remailer (austria) wrote:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20016442-245.html?tag=topImage3

I don't understand why most POP email is still authenticated using
cleartext passwords instead of digest (hash) based authentication (which
doesn't send the password itself but a hash of the password). Anyone can
steal your e-mail password by simply monitoring on a public network.

That's also true if you send a hash of the password, rather than
the password itself, in the clear. It makes no difference to the attacker
what the original password may have been.
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