You Can Access POP and IMAP Email Accounts with mail2web

But security is a concern, so use it only with unimportant accounts

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The mail2web service provides secure and anonymous access to your POP3- or IMAP-enabled email account from any web browser or hand-held device. The service is free and reasonably robust, but it lacks some advanced features and runs on an older technology platform.

Convenience: Great, Security: Iffy

Services such as mail2web were common in 1997. At that time, some email accounts didn't include a web-based interface, so it was handy to have a way to access email from any computer. Now it's relatively rare for an email account not to include web access. But, if you do have such an account, use mail2web to access it.

However, it's risky to offer your email address and password to any online service. Although mail2web bills itself as completely safe, there's no insight into whether credentials are logged, or whether malware on the service's servers leaks user credentials without the service's knowledge. Running older software, mail2web hasn't published audit reports or security bulletins.

Given these concerns, the mail2web service is a convenient way to check an unimportant email account. Don't use it to access any account with access to confidential information.

Before you use an external service, including mail2web, to check your work email, clear it with your organization's information security team.

Pros

The mail2web service lists several useful features:

  • Doesn't require payment or registration; provide your email account credentials and it opens the account in a browser window.
  • Supports many languages.
  • Privacy-conscious; there's no trail of your access to the service on its site.
  • Doesn't store access data, keep records, or set cookies.
  • Shows plain text by default.
  • Optionally register to keep an online address book and access to several email accounts.

Cons

The mail2web service also excludes some important features, and includes some problematic ones:

  • Doesn't support secure messaging.
  • Doesn't support IMAP folders (it can read them, but can't create them), IMAP filters, or identities (customization of the From line in outgoing messages).
  • Uses older technology, including WAP for cellphone messaging.
  • Powered by older versions of Microsoft Exchange.
  • Advertises BlackBerry and Windows Mobile options; these platforms are no longer relevant in the mobile messaging market.

While mail2web may be useful in some circumstances, don't depend on it for regular email access.