ThunderBridge Publisher's description
from Szymon Lukaszyk
ThunderBridge is an extension that enables delivering e-mails directly (P2P) by-passing mail servers.
ThunderBridge allows sending e-mails directly (P2P) by-passing external e-mail servers.
Therefore it enables for delivering e-mails with really large attachments (e.g. 800 MB), not to mention an improvement in privacy and safety of e-mail transmission, which traditionally requires 3 independent transmissions over 4 independent computers so that it is vulnerable to be intercepted and copied.
When you send your e-mail traditionally (via SMTP/POP3 channels, see Wikipedia for an excellent explanation) it goes like this:
1. from your Thunderbird to your external outgoing mail server (SMTP),
2. from your external outgoing mail server to recipientвЂ™s incoming mail server (SMTP),
3. from recipientвЂ™s incoming mail server to recipientвЂ™s Thunderbird, on recipientвЂ™s request (POP3 or IMAP).
With ThunderBridge your e-mail shall be delivered directly (P2P) to recipient providing that:
1. recipient also uses Mozilla Thunderbird with ThunderBridge, and
2. both you and recipient are located at the same private network, or
3. at least one of you has a public IP address.
How does it work?
ItвЂ™s simple: Your recipientвЂ™s ThunderBridge is ready for connection and when you click вЂњSend" (via ThunderBridge) button the connection with the IP address of your recipient is established and your ThunderBridge uploads your e-mail.
Since this is a direct P2P connection you can send messages of any size not worrying of exceeding mailbox quota on any external e-mail server.
Moreover in case you and your recipient operate on the same local network the e-mail will not leave this network and will be delivered even if this network is isolated from the Internet.
And if I donвЂ™t know what is my recipientвЂ™s IP address?
In such a case when you click вЂњSend" (via ThunderBridge) button your ThunderBridge will send to the recipient a small вЂњinvitation messageвЂќ containing your IP address and your e-mail address via traditional SMTP/POP3 channels described above and will await for the recipient connection.
When recipientвЂ™s ThunderBridge receives the invitation message it will connect with your awaiting ThunderBridge and will download your e-mail.
And what if neither upload nor download works?
Well, in such a case you can always send your e-mail traditionally (if it is not large) or perhaps call and ask your recipient to download and install ThunderBridge and run Thunderbird.
What's New in This Release:В· added possibility to cooperate with an auxiliary ThunderBridge Daemon in order to deliver messages outside the local network - if required,
В· various bug fixes
System Requirements:В· Mozilla Thunderbird
Program Release Status: New Release
Program Install Support: Install and Uninstall