On http://serverfault.com there's the question What would you do if you realized your email hosting provider could see your passwords? It's on-topic there, so it's unlikely to get migrated. However I feel the answers it could get here were more adequate, so may I kindly suggest those of you who feel like it head over there and leave an expert answer?

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The answers left there appear to be very decent and target the question very well. They explained the possible reasons behind storing the passwords in a recoverable format, and they explained the possible responses to such matters.

The actual reaction is up to the client himself. They could leave their current ISP or simply use a unique password, which has already been mentioned in the answers and the comments.

  • True, I just wanted to make sure nothing's been forgotten. And I am slightly concerned about this answer claiming salting were useless... Jul 19, 2013 at 13:25

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