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What are the pros and cons of SMTP mail with hosting? Is it a good idea to have?
Some hosting companies offer relay servers for outgoing mail. Usually they are much slower than regular SMTP.
Is there provision with your ISP to do that, or is it just configured within your Outlook program?
So then, if you send mail and it appears to the recipient to come from email@example.com and they hit reply to send an answer back, it will appear to be going to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your real ISP address being invisible to them?
What email program are you using?
If you dig into the email headers you can find out where it really came from but who does that with regular email?
The SMTP mail has been a real godsend to their business, which is a virtual business spread over 3 continents. Their business mail is always separated from their personal mail -- and that keeps the spam out of their personal accounts.
Their host's SMPT mail service is extremely dependable -- they've had more trouble with personal accounts at ISPs. This arrangement also allows them to deal with large attachments that would have choked their personal accounts rather quickly.
I've been using either Netscape Messenger or Eudora for a long time -- both are fine with me and help me hide from the viruses that target MS programs. Opera might also be a nice choice, and given the solid quality of their browser, I'd bet the email client is good too, but I've never heard anything much about it.