POP mailbox password remembered but "remember password" not checke

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by PaulOnTopOfTheHill, May 17, 2008.

  1. Most of the POP accounts I have configured in WLM are set to remember
    passwords. One is not, so the "remember password" box in that account's
    properties is not checked.
    This particular account is not set to receive or sync automatically either.
    When I manually request to send/receive mail on this account, the first
    time after starting WLM, a dialogue box pops up correctly to request a
    password, which I enter. In that dialogue box I do NOT check "remember
    password" either. However WLM seems to be subsequently "remembering" that
    password anyway and will send/receive mail automatically with all the other
    accounts until I close WLM and restart it.
    This seems incoherent.

    PaulOnTopOfTheHill, May 17, 2008
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  2. That's normal and you'll find that many, if not most, mail clients work
    the same way.

    The remember password means that after the mail program is closed, the
    password will be remembered next time the program is opened.

    With the option unchecked, the password must be entered the first time
    after opening the program, but will be retained until you close the

    The presumption is that you are not setting the remember password
    because other people may have access to your PC and might open the mail
    program and want to send/receive mail as you. Once you open the program
    and send/receive it is presumed that you are staying at the PC until you
    close the program.

    Even not remembering the password here is of minimal security. Anyone
    who has access to the PC can still read/delete any previously
    sent/received mail.

    If you want any meaningful security from people who have physical access
    to your PC you need to put a password on your Windows logon and then
    either logoff when leaving the PC or lock it manually or via screen


    Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm

    "PaulOnTopOfTheHill" <>
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    Michael Santovec, May 18, 2008
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  3. PaulOnTopOfTheHill

    ahmetgns Guest

    Michael, you may be right but still, that specific pop3 account shouldn't be
    included in automatic regular mail check of WLMail.
    ahmetgns, May 19, 2008
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