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Email: Under the Hood

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Is this how (essentially) email works? : Text is sent from one computer to a destination using a protocol, such as POP3, and then saved into a buffer of some sort in the dest.''s email program, like Outlook Express, which is designed to use the same protocol. Am I close? Also, where does PPP come into play and what is it?

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Not quite right. Check out rfc-editor.org and find the official standards for SMTP and POP3.

IIRC you send mail to a server via SMTP, and you access it with POP3. Email is stored on the server, not your computer.

PPP stands for Point to Point Protocol. PPP allows you to tunnel other protocols through a single PPP connection.

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