10180 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2010 7:50 AM by Moodymom
For years and years most email servers accepted connections that were insecure, meaning that passwords were transmitted in plain text, and the email messages came back as plain text as well.
Now many servers encourage the use of SSL connections, which encrypts the data in both directions. Mail is trying to warn you that the SSL connection cannot be established, and therefore your data could be intercepted in transmission.
AOL's website (http://about.aol.com/faq/openmailaccess) states that they do not support SSL connections, therefore your only method of accessing your email is to use an unsecure connection.
Alternatively you could go to AOL.com (not use Mail.app) and read your email here as this will establish a secure HTTPS connection.
The best solution though is to stop using AOL and get either a MobileMe or a gmail account.
Someone would have to actively try to intercept the communications. I have no idea how hard this would be to do on Internet but I know it's possible. It's extremely easy to do on a local network.
It's up to you if you deem your email password and email communications important enough to conduct over an unsecure path. I personally would NOT do this over a non-SSL connection, but it is a personal choice of sorts.