Does anyone know if Hotmail recently changed their filtering to *completely* filter all spoofed FROM headers? I use my earthlink account as my "main" account, even though I don't actually use them as my ISP anymore. At home, I use Adelphia PowerLink cable modem, at work I think we use AT&T (not sure, but not that important). Anyway, on my mail clients at home and work (MS Outlook) I have my Earthlink account as the main account, and use mail.earthlink.net POP server to RECEIVE my earthlink mail. No problem there. But for outgoing, I am using the SMTP server of my local ISP; at home this is an Adelphia mail server, at work, it's our exchange server. Well, in each account, I had set up my FROM to be earthlink.net, just to keep all my mail consistent for everyone I mail. Although, my mail *never* actually comes from an earthlink domain anymore. As of last week, I had no trouble replying to messages from hotmail accounts. Now, those replies disappear into the ether. I have tried many many variations, and conclude that the ONLY way the mail shows up in a hotmail inbox is if the FROM address domain is the same as the actual SMTP server I'm sending it from.
I can neither confirm nor deny that Hotmail is doing that. I can confirm that I've used other email servers that would not send and/or receive messages with unmatching addresses. I've run into this on the sending side (smtp) far more frequently than I've seen it occur on the receiving side (pop3). So, your Hotmail experience might not be an indication of your insanity, but there are so many others...
hehe. I'm not crazy, I just play one on TV. But I assure you if this is what is going on, it's a recent change, as in, Monday, maybe last Friday at the earliest. Before that, I know for certain this was working fine. So if it's a change, it's brand spanking new, and no one announced it was happening.
Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Had you expected Microsoft to hold a press conference?