Is it safe to use 3rd party email clients?

Discussion in 'mobile device security' started by Spartan, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. Spartan

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    So I have been using Outlook on my new Galaxy S20+ but it's not syncing emails properly. Like when I delete an email off my phone, I still find it when I login to my Outlook from the web client via a browser.

    I posted this on a few Android forums but all they could suggest for me was to reset the settings in the Outlook app on my phone but that didn't help so I uninstalled then installed an app called Blue Mail.

    I mentioned this on the Android forums where I had initially posted my concern and one guy was like be careful since they now have access to your email by you logging into your hotmail from within the app.

    Should I be concerned? I mean this was one of the apps that came on top when I researched top email clients for Android but what do you think about 3rd party email apps in general like Blue Mail, Spark, etc. Not the official ones (ie. Outlook, Gmail, etc.)

    PS: Blue Mail syncs properly, how ironic, the official app doesn't but a 3rd party app works like a charm. when I delete an email from Blue Mail it is instantly deleted from my Outlook on the web client
     
  2. roger_m

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    If deleted emails aren't actually getting deleted, it sounds like something that could be fixed by changing the settings.

    I don't think there will be anything to worry about with regards to third party email apps. But you shouldn't really need to use one.
     
  3. Spartan

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    I wish that was the case man. There is nothing in the settings that relates to syncing intervals or whatnot.
     
  4. BoerenkoolMetWorst

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    Yes. Spark for example does this(Not sure about Blue Mail, as it isn't mentioned here):

    The unfortunate state of mobile mail clients

    https://jurroen.nl/2020/01/31/the-unfortunate-state-of-mobile-mail-clients/
     
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    Yes k-9 as well here works with mailfence
     
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    I haven't used it myself, but I heard FairMail is also a good opensource alternative, and more modern than K-9.
     
  8. Spartan

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    Thanks guys, I'll give those a shot and see if they sync properly.
     
  9. jaypeecee

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    I recently started using FairEmail. I like it a lot. It currently has a 4.8/5 rating on PlayStore. The developer is the man behind another Android app - NetGuard, a no-root firewall, which is excellent. I am still using the free version of FairEmail but I fully intend to upgrade when time permits. I currently use BlueMail and ProtonMail.
     
  10. Spartan

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    Oh no I hate the BlackBerry Hub, heck that was the first thing I disabled when I had a 9900, KeyOne, and KeyTwo

    I hate having all my notifications/messages in one place. I want them separate per app.
     
  11. Spartan

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    So I tried installing K-9 and FairEmail but both say they are not compatible with my device (Galaxy S20+) then I remembered that I had uninstalled the built in Samsung Email so I redownloaded it and I added my Outlook account, the sync is instant! I deleted an email and it was also deleted on the web interface almost instantly!
     
  12. BriggsAndStratton

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    You don't have to have all notifications turned on. You can easily turn it off. haha. Suit yourself. It was just a suggestion.
     
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    FairMail is pretty decent. Switched to it after I found out that K9 wasn't compatible with my usage - kept crashing after it found out that the IMAP mailbox was different than what it expected.

    FairMail handled this properly from the first moment on. Also, I really like the small details such as finding out which network a site is on before actually clicking the link.
     
  14. jaypeecee

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    So, @Spartan

    Have you been able to draw any conclusions, yet?

    JPC
     
  15. Spartan

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    Right, so Outlook still sucks, tried it again just to give it the benefit of the doubt but nope, it doesn't sync, so much for being Microsoft's official Android Email app that's preinstalled on most devices.

    I've tried a few others and they did sync but I didn't like the interface, I then remembered the native Samsung Email app which I had uninstalled when I first got my Galaxy S20+ so I reinstalled that as I know I can trust it and it does sync 100% right so that's what I ended up using m8ey
     
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    OK, did you ever consider ProtonMail? Sounds like you're a happy chappy now so perhaps your search is over.

    JPC
     
  17. Spartan

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    I'm good now. I tried many apps mate I can't recall which ones.
     
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    I'm just looking for a new email client for Windows: what about BlueMail ? I don't know it.

    I mean: it's secure ? Works fine ? Can it import the emails from other clients ?
     
  20. Buddel

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    I don't know what BlueMail is like, but OE Classic might be worth a try. It's secure, it works fine and you can import emails from other clients.
    https://www.oeclassic.com/
     
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    Thank you, I didn't remember it !
     
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    Why not Thunderbird? It's free, it's open source, it's reliable - and it's more configurable and extendable (with thousands of add-ons) than any other email client. Some years ago its future was unsure but this is no longer the case. The development team has hired several additional members, and they have been modernizing the code (e.g. by adding new APIs) on a large scale.
     
  23. Brummelchen

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    because there exist no* thunderbird for android. *not from mozilla and not this decade, 3 or 4 years old as a module of another crappy software.

    bluemail = typeapp - but typeapp is superior in its free features. i have it in use.
    fairmail has also a paid build. ("fair" because of ads)
    most emailers have one in common - they only support IMAP, few only POP3. so you need an IMAP provider in such cases.

    K-9 is much outdated, its development stopped years ago. ofc it is reliable but it has no spam options like typeapp, so it do not sort unwanted mails. and ofc its handling about deleting mails is not handsome, it dont know swiping.
     
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