ssl_error_bad_mac_alert

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I have been experiencing trouble with every email client - I can receive mail but cannot send out mail each time I try this error shows:

An error occurred during a connection to smtp.gmail.com:465.

SSL peer reports incorrect Message Authentication Code.

(Error code: ssl_error_bad_mac_alert)

I have no idea to fix this - I can access gmail via web to send mail but I am baffled by this problem.

why is this occuring I am using Outlook 2011, but have tried mac mail, thunderbird... all the same problem

can anyone shed some light on this for me I am lost.
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Try resetting the time on your Mac.
 
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Thanks for the tip -Done it to no resolve, yet - At first the problem only occurred with attachments but last two days it is down to no outgoing email.
wonder what I am missing?
 

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That's the only tip I've got - you did set the correct time zone for where you're located?
 
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I travel a lot from US Europe Asia back and forth but never change my original time zone.
 

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I'd suggest you try changing it just to see if it works - that's the only reported successful fix I've seen for that particular error message.

Don't know why it would only just now be acting up. And don't believe I've ever changed the time zone when I've traveled either.
 

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It is the time that's causing the issue. It seems that using SSL requires a check of the time (for whatever reason). If something is off, you get that error. To avoid this, you could have OS X automatically set the time based on your location. Given that you travel a lot, this might be really useful. Go to System Preferences > Date & Time > Time Zone and check "Set time zone automatically using current location." If it works anywhere near as well as it does for iOS, the time will change almost instantly once it detects that you're in a different time zone (I was amazed at how well it worked for me on my iPod Touch).
 

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