Okay, folks; new feature.
If you click "Remember Me" when you login to your email, then the progam will store a highly encryted cookie with your login info on your machine. When you visit ViperAlley, if you have new email messages waiting, then you will see a "You have X new email messages!" message box on the top of the forums (I only do this on the Forum Index Page so as to not slow down every page).
This is a great way for you to know when you have new email messages that need your attention!
When you click "Sign Out" on the mail page the cookies are removed.