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Old 12-05-2019, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default AOL mucking up its email accounts!

I don't know how many other still use their compuserve accounts but I know there are some of us who do so I thought I'd give everyone a heads up...

A week or so ago I discovered that for what appears to be about 2 months, AOL has been copying any email sent from 3rd-party email software (Thunderbird and Eudora in my experience) in AOL's webmail portal SENTbox! Note, that this is for POP accounts. After a bit of searching I was able to find a way to contact AOL and ask what was going on. Basically, AOL considers this unannounced new action to be a feature and not a bug! It contravenes how POP is supposed to work. I think it's both a security issue and a privacy issue.

I finally realized that what it means is that an AOL user will now have to visit the AOL webmail portal to delete these copied emails in the SENTbox--resetting the "leave mail on server" only deletes the INbox entries and not the TRASHbox and SENTbox. This forced visitation of course will drive up AOL's user numbers which is I'm sure the plan.


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