kinda silly, but since Amazon has a faster connection than I have at home, thought I'd try alpine to see the IMAP performance with Gmail. This is on Ubuntu 16.04 server running on EC2.

I know that the password is correct. I don't have MFA (Multi-Factor Auth) enabled, but checked all through Google's doc's on suspicious activity and checked that insecure apps were enabled. No suspicious activity showed on the Google account page.

Outside of enabling MFA, how would I explicitly "allow" a specific IP address with Gmail? Sort of off-topic, but it is on Ubuntu...

Works with lynx from the instance:

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   hawat.thufir@gmail.com | Account | Settings | Help | Sign out

   [warning_exc.gif] You are out of storage space and will soon be unable to send or receive emails until you free up space or
   purchase additional storage.

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   Compose Mail


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after about half an hour, I received:

‘Suspicious sign in prevented’ email

If you’ve received a ‘suspicious sign in prevented’ email from Google, it means we recently blocked an attempt to access your account because we weren’t sure it was really you. To help protect your account, we send you an email when we notice unusual sign-in activity, like an attempt to sign in from a different location or device than normal.


while browsing. After enabling the login, alpine isn't much faster on EC2 than locally -- just doesn't load large folders quickly, I suppose.

  • Since you are using your local connection to access the EC2 why would you expect it to be faster? The bottleneck of your own local connection is still in place, no? – Elder Geek Jan 11 '17 at 16:07
  • Assume I was physically in Antarctica, using satellites/etc, but have an SSH connection to Amazon. Amazon will load up large IMAP folders faster than my connection in Antarctica. Displaying the list of e-mails can be done over dial-up/string&can/etc. – Thufir Jan 11 '17 at 16:37

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