Why UITS doesn't support POP mail

At Indiana University, UITS discontinued POP mail for several reasons:

  • POP works by copying or transferring your email to your local hard drive, removing your mail from the server. If the connection failed during the transfer, your mail could have been lost, and UITS usually couldn't recover it since it was no longer on the server.
  • Because POP moves your mail off the server, you had to manage your POP email in multiple locations (for example, the email client on your office computer and your home computer may have kept different copies of messages in your Inbox).
  • If POP mail clients logged in too frequently when checking for new mail, the performance of the mail servers for all UITS accounts was degraded.

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Last modified on 2021-10-18 11:28:31.