Using Hotmail Popper with POPFile

Hotmail Popper (http://www.boolean.ca/hotpop) works as a proxy between Hotmail (http://hotmail.com) and your email client (e.g. Mozilla) allowing you to download your web-based email from Hotmail into a local e-mail client. Actually, POPfile is also a proxy so they work in a chained fashion like so:

Hotmail –> Hotmail Popper –> POPFile –>Email client
POP port 110 –> 123 –> 123
Note Web port Standard 123 is our recommendation
Address hotmail.com–> 127.0.0.2 –> 127.0.0.1 –> 127.0.0.1

This allows you to download your Hotmail mail through Hotmail Popper and have it checked through POPFile before delivered to your email client. Note that the port you set in POPFile, the POP3 listen port setting on http://127.0.0.1:8080/configuration and in your email client (the pop or incoming server) are different than the setting your mail server uses (110 by convention). The different address for Hotmail Popper (127.0.0.2) is not required in this set up, but if want add another link to your chain (e.g. Norton Antivirus), it is required to prevent collisions on the same port. (See following topic)

Configure your e-mail client's account settings to use 127.0.0.1 as your POP server name, 127.0.0.2:110:username as your user name (replace username with your own login name). Use the SMTP send information from a working account; sending SMTP mail is not supported in this configuration. If you do not have one, just use 127.0.0.1.

See Configure Specific Mail Clients on the How Tos page

Using Hotmail Popper and Norton Antivirus with POPFile

Of course, you want to be virus check anything you download from Hotmail, so we add a new link to the chain, using Norton Antivirus (NAV):

Hotmail –> Hotmail Popper –> POPFile –>NAV –>Email client
POP port 110 –> 123 –> 110 –> 110
Note Web port Standard 123 is our recommendation
Address hotmail.com–> 127.0.0.2 –> 127.0.0.1 –> 127.0.0.1 –> 127.0.0.1

Note that NAV usually adds an entry to your HOSTS file, where pop3.norton.antivirus is set as 127.0.0.1. You may use direct addresses above, or replace all addresses with entries added to your HOSTS (see example below). To follow the chain, this allows you to download your Hotmail mail through Hotmail Popper and have it checked through POPFile and by Norton Antivirus before delivered to your email client. Note that the port you set in POPFile, the POP3 listen port setting on http://127.0.0.1:8080/configuration and in your email client (the pop or incoming server) are different than the setting most mail servers use (110 by convention). The different address for Hotmail Popper (127.0.0.2) is required to prevent collisions on the same address used by NAV (127.0.0.1). NAV is hard-coded to use POP port 110 (meaning it cannot be altered).

In your e-mail client server settings, use 127.0.0.1 as your server name, and 127.0.0.2:123:username/127.0.0.1 as your user name. (Replace username with your own login name). NAV uses the part after the '/' to log in to POPFile on port 123, and passes the first part to POPFile, which then splits out the part before the ':' to determine which address it logs into and transmits the second part as the user name.

To make things easier to read, you can add two entries to your HOSTS file (assuming NAV has added its own):

127.0.0.1 popfile
127.0.0.2 hotmail

Then your server name becomes: pop3.norton.antivirus, and your user name becomes: hotmail:123:username/popfile (again, replace username with your own login name).

 
hotpopper.txt · Last modified: 2008/02/08 19:49 (external edit)

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