I have a small company (10 emailadresses) and very little IT-knowledge. At this moment I use POP3 to read the email.
My local IT company advised me to buy an SMTP mailserver with an own ip-adress instead of using POP3. Because I am not sure if this is the best solution, I have some questions:
I could imagine that a hostingcompany has more knowledge of and tools for SPAM and virusdetection. At this moment I have (with pop3) very little spam and virus problems. My local IT company told me I have to invest in spam and virustools for the emailserver. Could I expect much more SPAM and virusproblems using my own mailserver instead of POP3.
On internet I read some stories from people whose mailserver/ip came on a blacklist. Is there much more risk to get on a blacklist with an own mailserver ip instead of using POP3 from a well known large provider (for example by email spoofe )?
Is it common that a hostingprovider has the possibility to send the mx records first to the hosting provider – to do a spam and virus check and after that send the mail to the local smtp mailserver?
i would recommend sticking to pop3 if its working for you - if it aint broke dont fix it ) unless there is a pressing need to run your own smtp server...this will require some degree of on going support that a small business like yours doesnt need the expense of...In the past (way back like 6/7 years) to use mircosoft exchange you needed to run an SMTP server. but nowdays exchange is able to work with pop3 now so thats a non issue.....