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I have airvpn setup and my Thunderbird account is receiving and sending mail through gmail port 995 and 465.


Is this secure? Does google see my home IP? I want to use the ports allocated from airvpn but could not get it working, and read that google only works with the ports above.


Any advice? Do I need a new email server if I want to remain anonymous?


Than you.

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Using Google Mail in a mail client while being connected to a VPN server is not going to work unless Google "learns" that you travel often. It's one of Google's customer security measures to deny access to the account for possible attackers who found out your password. I've taught them that I travel to Switzerland to "work" and travel back "home" to Germany, but this works for one IP only. I can pull mail but sending it is impossible still.


For you, it's time to change the provider. Posteo from Berlin is a very good choice, ProtonMail from Zurich I think offers the same features for free. Be aware, if you don't pay for the product, you are the product.

We also have got a thread about such mail provider suggestions, since Tapatalk makes linking a difficult practice I cannot provide links at this time.


You don't have to open ports because you connect to a remote server, not the other way around.


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Aang, this may work -- I'm hoping so for myself.


I've learned that you can turn off alerts in Gmail. To do so, go to the bottom-right of one of the pages and click on Details. That will start a pop-up window. Scroll to the bottom of that and you can select "Never show an alert for unusual activity."


I did that yesterday, but Google waits a week before implementing it (supposedly so they can be sure it's you) so I don't yet know that this will allow my Thunderbird to work under a VPN, but I have my fingers crossed.

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