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Re: ingress SMTP
Alec Berry wrote:
Michael Thomas wrote:
I see nothing wrong with filtering commonly abused ports, provided that the ISP allows a user to opt out if they know enough to ask.
When port 25 block was first instituted, several providers actually redirected connections to their own servers (with spam filters and/or rate limits) rather than blocking the port entirely. This seems like a good compromise for port 25 in particular, provided you have the tools available to implement and support it properly.
I also agree with the comments about switching customers to 587. My former monopoly ISP only accepted mail on 25 and I had endless problems trying to send mail from airports, hotels, coffee shops, etc. while traveling. The same hotspots also tended to block port 22, so I couldn't even forward mail via my own server. However, my new monopoly ISP only accepts mail on 587, and I have yet to have a single problem with that from any hotspot I've used since the switch. Ditto for reading my mail via IMAPS/993, whereas I used to have occasional problems reading it via IMAP/143.