Does SSL equal secure email through transit?

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If an email server sends messages via SMTP/SSL and the recipient uses SSL to receive his email, will the message be secure through the entire transit?  Des this mean the e-mail will be delivered in plain text between the servers?

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  • TomLiotta
    It only means that your client (probably) communicates (somewhat) securely with your server and that the recipient's server (probably) communicates (somewhat) securely with the recipient's client. It says nothing about how the two servers communicate with each other. You have no way to determine nor to learn how the servers communicate unless you control the servers or can get reliable information from the servers' administrators. -- Tom
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  • Kevin Beaver
    As Tom says, the communication session between client and server is somewhat secure but there's no way to know for sure beyond that. It all depends on what happens during the rest of the communications session. For this reason, I recently I brought my own email hosting back in-house to minimize my risk in this area. I simply don't know - nor trust - who is reading everything I send and receive, including the NSA weasels who probably know everything about all of us. 
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