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Topic # 68024 13-Sep-2010 19:00
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I have access to a wifi that only allows ports 80 and 443
I would like to be able to access my pop email and send answers to emails
Has anyone managed to get a tunnel over these ports so that you can pop your email.
I was thinking of tunneling to home pc and then trying to get port 25 access from there





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  Reply # 379408 13-Sep-2010 19:05
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There's this thing called "Webmail" .. the *Web* part indicates something.. I suggest you look into it.



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  Reply # 379424 13-Sep-2010 19:52
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never quite sure why people that only have sarcasm to offer bother to reply.
However for those that are interested in helping and not trying to score points, I do not want to read my email over the web on a handheld apart from the fact that my provider (Paradise) only offers rudimentary http access with no html ability at all so it makes it sort of hard to read.
The other problems is that I do not want to use http as there is no security on the wifi and I do not want to be transmitting passwords over an insecure network. So as I originally requested I am interested in anyone that has used ssh to set up a secure tunnel that they can then use their Android email client to download their email and reply if necessary.
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  Reply # 379435 13-Sep-2010 20:25
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It sounds possible... I don't know how you'd tell all the apps to connect over the tunnel though.

A quick search found this: http://code.google.com/p/connectbot/

If you were just using a laptop, it'd be pretty easy. Direct from the phone, not 100% sure.

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  Reply # 379446 13-Sep-2010 20:43
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Looks like connectbot allows you to use a SOCKS proxy

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  Reply # 379449 13-Sep-2010 20:51
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Another guide that could help you.

http://android-proxy.blogspot.com/

Good luck.

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  Reply # 379453 13-Sep-2010 21:05
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People seem to be using OpenVPN alright (note: I don't have an Android phone)

You can setup OpenVPN to use TCP and listen on port 443.

http://android.modaco.com/content/software/291919/openvpn-on-android/

Just something to investigate, no idea if it'll really work or not, but I can't see why it wouldn't.




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  Reply # 379517 14-Sep-2010 08:04
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Why not just open a Gmail account and have it pull from your pop account.

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  Reply # 379521 14-Sep-2010 08:29
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cyril7: Why not just open a Gmail account and have it pull from your pop account.

Cyril


Definitely the best solution. Paradise can do mail forwarding....even better: stop using Paradise. I did. 

 




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  Reply # 379547 14-Sep-2010 09:33
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I agree the best option would be to stop using paradise but I have so many things using paradise as my email address the mind just baulks at the thought of having to change it. I get the impression from Clear that they wish paradise would just go away which is why the do not upgrade Paradise users to allow ssl etc.
I also kinda like the Paradise name and have good memories of the ISP before Saturn bought it. And then Clear got in on the act and they really suck.
If I went the Gmail route I would still have the problems of not being able to pull my gmail to the phone as presumably Gmail users port 25/110 fro off line access
The other in wanting to use a tunnel is that it would provide security when using open wifi systems. I am happy to leave a pc running at home that I could tunnel to just need some guidance in best way to go about it




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  Reply # 379563 14-Sep-2010 10:08
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If you're getting your mail via pop3, you're sending your password cleartext over the wifi anyway. :)
So you'd probably want to use some sort of VPN on a remotehost that's listening on port 443, etc.

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  Reply # 379584 14-Sep-2010 10:53
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Yeah I would setup open vpn at home then use a vpn client on the phone.

Plenty of guides online.

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  Reply # 379671 14-Sep-2010 14:06
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ronw: I agree the best option would be to stop using paradise but I have so many things using paradise as my email address the mind just baulks at the thought of having to change it. I get the impression from Clear that they wish paradise would just go away which is why the do not upgrade Paradise users to allow ssl etc.
I also kinda like the Paradise name and have good memories of the ISP before Saturn bought it. And then Clear got in on the act and they really suck.
If I went the Gmail route I would still have the problems of not being able to pull my gmail to the phone as presumably Gmail users port 25/110 fro off line access
The other in wanting to use a tunnel is that it would provide security when using open wifi systems. I am happy to leave a pc running at home that I could tunnel to just need some guidance in best way to go about it


You can use https via the web browser on the Android phone to Gmail. The Gmail in the browser on Android uses "Gears" which sees your most recent items copied to your phone for local reading and writing replies while not connected.




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  Reply # 379714 14-Sep-2010 15:38
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Ragnor: Yeah I would setup open vpn at home then use a vpn client on the phone.

Plenty of guides online.


+1 for VPN, that way you can have a secure tunnel to your PC at home and collect mail from there.  If I was to do it then I would set my server at home (your PC in this case) to collect mail and act as a pop3 target for traffic on the LAN only (VPN would connect to this traffic too).

Or you could setup your phone to connect to the external POP3 servers at Paradise via the VPN

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