I have a question about email security (between user and email server) - about the content, and difference between "STARTTLS" and "SSL/TLS", the options Thunderbird gives for connection security.

In a way, the question would be Super User material, since it discusses the options of a specific end-user software - Thunderbird. However, in another way the question would be IT security since on a deeper level it really is about understanding methods of securing email connections.

So, does this sort of question belong to Super User or here in IT Security?

(*sigh* I'm finding this division between non-pro / pro really confusing...)

  • I'd be interested in seeing your question and seeing the answers wherever you post it. I can't find the Q on your profile. Feb 10 '11 at 14:39
  • @makerofthings I haven't posted it yet. Ah, the dangers of postponing things for tomorrow. Thanks for reminding me, I'll post it tomorrow, or, well, maybe the day after... :) Feb 11 '11 at 18:08

It seems to me it depends on what the question writer wants out of the answers. If you're an IT person trying to define a service for your organization, you'll phrase it one way. If you're a home user trying to figure out your options for a particular mail service out there, or whatever, you'll ask it a different way. And some answer material will overlap. The questions could also refer to each other.

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    This is very well put. "It depends on what you want out of the answers".
    – AviD Mod
    Jan 11 '11 at 7:33

Ask here. Your question is really about the relative security impacts of these two mechanisms, so it's an IT Security question. You'll probably get some useful answers here.

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