Anyone regularly offer a webmail service for their clients? or use it themselves?
I need some suggestions on what company to use. I’m not talking about hotmail, gmail, etc.
I’m talking about a program(web-based) that lets someone SECURELY log in to their pop3 mail account.
I dont know much about it really, so any thoughts or comments regarding how secure it really is, or any direction to a free service would be great. I saw smartermail, from SmarterTools, but it seems a little complex.
I have used a couple of really bad ones before, nothing that I would suggest using.
I know you specifically said "not gmail", but have you checked out Google Apps for your domain? This is all the power of gmail (awesome conversation threading, awesome spam filtering, tagging, etc etc etc), for use on your own domain. I have set up a couple of clients with it and they seem to like it. I should probably be using this myself but for whatever reason I have stuck with a regular gmail address. You set up users through their interface and clients can log in to check their mail at a URL like mail.google.com/a/your-domain.com – which is a bit "brandable"
I use Google Apps for my clients email set-up. It’s got more space than I could give them, better spam filters and, like you say ‘It’s Free!’ It also offers IMAP, POP and a very decent web interface. Another good thing is that if you need to switch servers/hosts for any reason, you don’t have to backup your email cos it remains at Gmail – just re-point the MX record and you’re done.
Normal mail goes in to google, it get filtered… YAY. Than I just recieve it trough the IMAP account on my thunderbird or Mail client of choice :D When i dont have access to my pc i can just go to mailbox trough google. Easy as pie.
Of course, on a privacy related level, you should inform your clients that Google will automatically go through the e-mails, scan them for keywords and bring up relevant ads (on the right or top side) if logged in through webmail. If you use Thunderbird/etc, ads won’t be a problem.