Dear AT&T… I nearly blew off this email as a malware attempt as the subject line read “Reminder: Important Security update” which sounds like the 40,000 other emails I get that say “your system is infected, run this tool that we’re hiding bad things inside to clean your system up”.
Well you might want to search for this email and read this VERY CAREFULLY as it may impact your SBS domains if you are in the AT&T/Yahoo area.
——– Original Message ——–
Time is running out — update your email settings to help us serve you better
Dear AT&T Yahoo! Member,
We recently contacted you about some important security improvements we’re making to your AT&T Yahoo! service. These changes will affect members who send or receive email from a desktop or mobile client program, such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, Eudora, Apple Mail, or Thunderbird.
To help us ensure the security of your email, you will need to change the settings on your desktop or mobile email client program. Please choose one of the three options:
Make the Changes Automatically: To automatically make the required changes to Outlook Express, use the AT&T Self Support Tool.
Make the Changes Manually: To manually make the required setting changes in Outlook and Outlook Express, please view the detailed instructions here.
- If you already have the AT&T Self Support Tool installed on your computer, simply select Cannot send/receive email from the Self Support Tool Main Interface to run an email settings check. When prompted to change your email settings, select Yes.
- If you do not have the AT&T Self Support Tool installed, download it and then follow the instructions above.
Alternatively, you may take the following steps to change the settings on your desktop or mobile email client program:
- Open your email client program.
- Locate the email account settings for your particular client.
- Change the POP server to pop.att.yahoo.com.
- Change the SMTP server to smtp.att.yahoo.com.
- Check the option labeled Use an encrypted connection (SSL) and change the SMTP port to 465.
- Check the option labeled Use an encrypted connection (SSL) and change the POP3 port to 995.
- Confirm the above settings then click OK.
The web-based version of AT&T Yahoo! Mail is not affected by these changes and will continue to be available at http://mail.yahoo.com/
Thanks for your cooperation.
Sincerely, AT&T Yahoo! Customer Care
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Bottom line if you use pop to pull in your email on your SBS network from an AT&T/Yahoo account that got this notification, you will no longer be able to use the Microsoft supplied POPconnector as it does NOT support secure pop. You will need to purchase popbeamer.com or some other third party pop connection program that supports this protocol. Microsoft does not.
Or, even better, move to full SMTP and use www.exchangedefender.com in front of your systems.