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Delayed Message: encryption needed for network connection

The email message has not yet been delivered because the message was not sent in an encrypted format, when encryption was expected.


In the sender's email program's account settings, look for options about encryption of outgoing messages. Use options compatible with the sender's email provider.

If this error persists, contact the email provider for help.

4.7.11: Official Definition


A persistent transient failure is one in which the message as sent is valid, but persistence of some temporary condition has caused abandonment or delay of attempts to send the message. If this code accompanies a delivery failure report, sending in the future may be successful.


This response to the AUTH command indicates that the selected authentication mechanism may only be used when the underlying SMTP connection is encrypted. Note that this response code is documented here for historical purposes only. Modern implementations SHOULD NOT advertise mechanisms that are not permitted due to lack of encryption, unless an encryption layer of sufficient strength is currently being employed.