Thanks, Don. I have done the telnet test. Ports 25, 110 and 587 telnet connect. Ports 995 and 465 open with a blank screen due to them being SSL. I am trying to use 110 and 587 with no security.
to clarify, in the plain text environment of POP3, a user may begin a message without "authorization/password" like this: HELO mydomain.com or the user may begin with the authorization password encrypted like this: EHLO MyName.mydomain.com AUTH PLAIN b3JkZXJlbnRyeStpZGVhbHdpbmRwdy6jb20AT2U2Mw==
While using a plain text session where the message body is sent in the clear.
Does that make sense? And I am thinking that your new email provider does not allow the EHLO/AUTH login either.
Some Day we will all have GMail id's and this will all be moot. :-)
"Some Day we will all have GMail id's and this will all be moot. :-)"
I do not want gmail to catalog by keywords from my emails into a database for the government. I do not trust the liaison between gmail and the gov. Unfortunately I am now relying on gmail.
The host claims that it works perfectly on his end. I think they have my server screwed up and they have no idea what is wrong. I am a low budget account, so there is not motivation for them to do something drastic to fix it. I will change hosts to see if I can get a solution.
Problem solved. After a week and half of email hell, loosing all contacts, all local folders, email and associated rules (yeah, I know there is a way to save profiles, but that escaped me until it was too late), I have opened a new account on a different web host.
Email setup was a breeze and works perfectly.
Now to move my blog to the new host, cancel old host account.
I think we all knew that was the problem, but I guess 10 years of loyalty to old host was hard for me to overcome.
Thanks to all that chimed in with helpful suggestions.