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    telnet 2 gmail

    when ever i try 2 telnet 2 smtp.gmail.com it says "click any key to continue". so i press enter and it says i lost the connection to th host.

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    Why would you need to telnet to gmail's smtp server?

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    no kidding... they don't even support text based browsers... let alone telnet... lol
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    possibly it is some kind of security against port scans. Some servers reply with SYN/ACK packets if a SYN is received destined to a closed port. This screws up some port scans, but makes the connection appear valid.

    Luckily for you, there is an easy way around this. Stop telnetting to gmail's smtp server.
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    Gmail does accept telnet connections to port 25. One simply has
    to know, which servers are the correct ones. Or did I misunderstand
    and, sixers826, you wanted to telnet to port 23?

    smtp.gmail.com is a server configured to support Secure SMTP
    over TLS[1], and hence, should be treated as such .


    [1] http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2487.html
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  6. #6
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    I could be wrong but I think you misunderstood, sec_ware. I think he either tried to Telnet to the wrong port and/or he simply is trying their server. Regardless, they don't even support text based browsers like phishphreek said (last I checked atleast).
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