Google POP3 & IMAP access

How to connect to Gmail/Googlemail via POP3 and IMAP using an email client. This information is easily available via the Gmail/Googlemail website, and is here really for our ease of access. :)


POP server:
Port: 995
Require SSL: Yes

User name: <your full Gmail/Googlemail email address>
Password: <your Gmail/Googlemail password>


How to use the Junk folder in Shinymail

We've been providing spam filtering on our email service for some time, ensuring that you never even see 95% of the unsolicited messages that are sent to your mailbox. Unfortunately it's hard to block all the spam without accidentally blocking ligitimate email too, so a small amount of spam will always get through. This article looks at how you can sort most of this spam into a separate "Junk" folder.


Amazing email worms that are traced back to an email account.

Got an email from a customer today containing this.
From: [] 
Sent: None
Subject: Mail server report.

Mail server report.

Our firewall determined the e-mails containing worm copies are
being sent rom your computer.

Nowadays it happens from many computers, because this is a
new virus type (Network Worms).

Using the new bug in the Windows, these viruses infect the
computer nnoticeably.
After the penetrating into the computer the virus harvests
all the e-mail addresses and sends the copies of itself to
these e-mail addresses

Please install updates for worm elimination and your computer

Best regards,
Customers support service

I had to admit it made me chuckle, a customer asked me what it was. My reply was something along these lines.


AOL Email Limitations

E-mail File Attachments Size Limit

The largest piece of e-mail that you can send or accept from the Internet is 16 megabytes (MB). This includes the message text, headers and the attachment combined.

If the file you are trying to transfer exceeds 16 MB, you will need to either compress the file or split it into smaller parts.

If you attach multiple files, they will be zipped (compressed) into a single file by the AOL® software before they are sent out.


Loops, out-of-office and spam.

Emails can loop. As both sender and the recipient have their out-of-office turned on, but both are sending emails anyway. One party sends a message which triggers the others out of office which bounces back and triggers theirs. The error message is not sent until the out-of-office is turned off otherwise another loop would occur.

Some errors are replies to Spam emails that have been sent the out-of-office message. The spam had an incorrect or fake reply-to address and when the out-of-office message is returned to the fake address that email server sends out an 'unknown' or 'failed' back to you.