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    Please allow me to venture down a nerdy path today:

    Recently, we changed our email system, so that we’re now using a managed provider.  This means, however, that our mail server is no longer in our network.  Previously, when sending mail from .net applications, I would put the server name in the mailSettings section of the web.config, and not have to worry about authentication, or encryption.  In my opinion, encryption is obligatory whenever doing any sort of authentication.  Passwords are so easily readable when transmitted in plain text that not using encryption is irresponsible.  I…