Secure Mail Reading on Mac OS X
Subject:   Mail server SSH compatible?
Date:   2004-08-07 03:24:18
From:   zzen
I never really understood the hype around SSH tunnels. What are they actually good for? Pardon me if I get this wrong - but to enable the SSH tunnel, you need a SSH account (or better said a shell account) on the $mailserver, don't you?

a) virtually none of the public mail server accounts come with SSH access. No administrator wants the headache of thousands of users freely roaming in shell on his server.

b) if you have SSH access to your server, you can usually read the mail locally (using pine, elm, mutt etc.), albeit not in GUI.

Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.