Opened 6 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

#15862 closed enhancement (fixed)

Add warning / Port Choice and TorBirdy

Reported by: cypherpunks Owned by: sukhbir
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/TorBirdy Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: manual, port choice
Cc: Actual Points:
Parent ID: Points:
Reviewer: Sponsor:


It would be great if a note on port choice, when using TorBirdy with your email program could be added to the "Before using TorBirdy" manual.

It may sound trivial to even mention port choice. For the "average" user though, it could be unclear that certain ports are less suitable for anonymous communication. As exit nodes block certain ports, poor port choice for outgoing mail can narrow down the number of available exits.

The addition could be something like:
Port Choice and TorBirdy
Exit nodes allow or refuse certain ports in order to minimize abuse. Your port choice for outgoing mail could indirectly narrow down the number of available exits to communicate with your mail service provider and hurt your anonymity. Good port choices for outgoing mail are: xyz.

And then list some ports for outgoing email on IMAP/POP servers, that work well with the Tor infrastructure.

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Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by cypherpunks

Summary: Port Choice and TorBirdyAdd warning / Port Choice and TorBirdy

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by sukhbir

Severity: Normal

When you create a new account, TorBirdy sets the ports to 465 for SMTP, 993 for IMAP, 995 for POP3. This is also done for existing accounts created before TorBirdy was installed.

One of the things planned for is to automatically set secure defaults for known providers (to be decided later).

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by sukhbir

Owner: changed from ioerror to sukhbir
Status: newassigned

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by sukhbir

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

I am closing this because we have started adding configurations for known providers. If you feel a provider should be in TorBirdy, please open a ticket for it.

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