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Email Setup

What do SMTP and POP mean?
If mail is sent to my Bigfoot address, where do I get it?
Software package? What do you mean?

What do SMTP and POP mean?

SMTP stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, the computer language used to describe how mail is delivered from one Internet computer to another. When you send mail to an SMTP server (a computer somewhere on the Internet), that computer in turn sends the mail to the appropriate computer on the Internet.

POP stands for Post Office Protocol, the language used by computers to describe how mail is retrieved by the user. If you have an email account where you routinely pick up your mail, you probably do so through their POP server, though some online services maintain their own proprietary mail transfer system.

Frequently, POP and SMTP servers are the same computer. Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) use one server for receiving mail (POP Server) and another for sending mail (SMTP Server).

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If mail is sent to my Bigfoot address, where do I get it?

The Bigfoot email address is not a conventional SMTP & POP system. For Email Forwarding service it simply sends all mail sent to it to whatever address (or addresses) you have specified. We have no facility for reading mail online, nor can you send mail from our site. If you are using an email software package, you cannot point to Bigfoot's POP or SMTP servers. All mail sent to your Bigfoot address will be sent promptly to your usual POP server, where you would pick it up normally.

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Software package? What do you mean?

The program that you use to send and receive your email. For example; Eudora, Microsoft Windows Messaging, Netscape Mail, Netscape Messenger, etc. (Please see below for more information on software packages.)

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