No longer allowing encrypted passwords for SMTP (outgoing email) auth?
As of this morning I get the following error when trying to use an encrypted password for SMTP (outgoing email): "The Outgoing server (SMTP) smtp.cox.net does not seem to support encrypted passwords." Absolutely nothing was changed on my network clients until I started troubleshooting this morning. In short, Cox's SMTP servers no longer accept encrypted passwords to authenticate for outbound email using STARTTLS (port 587) or SSL/TLS (port 465); only "normal" passwords allowed. It won't even respond to a STARTTLS connection anymore. Why in the world would you disable a more secure option to authenticate for SMTP when you say your servers were being used as a spam relay? This is inexcusably stupid.