Accessing Your E-Mail Via SSL
You can use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
when accessing e-mail on your Virtual Server. SSL provides a level of security
and privacy for those wishing to conduct secure transactions over the Internet.
Introduced by Netscape
Communications, the SSL protocol protects transmissions over
the Internet by adding a layer of encryption. This insures that your transactions
are not subject to "sniffing" by a third party.
You must first have SSL installed on your Virtual Server in order to
access your Virtual Server e-mail via SSL. Once SSL is installed, you
will need to configure your own e-mail program to connect to your Virtual
Server via SSL. We have included instructions here for two popular e-mail
clients: Netscape Communicator and Microsoft Outlook.
| NOTE: If your PC
is behind a firewall, you may not be able to download and read your
e-mail via SSL as described below. Your firewall may not allow traffic
on the ports required by SSL. Contact your network administrator
for more details.
Configuring Netscape Communicator
Communicator supports SSL when using the IMAP protocol to
read e-mail. To configure Communicator 4.6 to access e-mail via IMAP and
SSL follow these steps:
Configuring Microsoft Outlook
- Go to Edit | Preferences....
- Open the "Mail & Newsgroup" category (if not already open) by clicking
on the small triangle.
- Click on the "Mail Servers" sub-category.
- In the "Incoming Mail Servers" box select your Virtual Server (or
add your Virtual Server, if you need to) and click on the "Edit" button.
- Select the "IMAP" tab.
- Select the "Use secure connection. (SSL)" radio button.
Outlook supports SSL when using both the POP and IMAP protocols
to download and read e-mail. To configure Outlook 2000 to access e-mail
via POP/IMAP and SSL follow these steps:
- From the "Tools" pull-down menu select the "Accounts" panel.
- Select the "Mail" tab.
- Highlight the Virtual Server (or add your Virtual Server, if you need
to) you want to get e-mail from.
- Select the "Properties" button to edit the properties for the Virtual
- Select the "Advanced" tab.
- At this point you should see check boxes and fields that allow you
to select SSL and change the port numbers for POP/IMAP.
If you are using the POP protocol select the SSL checkbox for POP and
change the port number from 110 to 995.
If you are using the IMAP protocol select the SSL checkbox for IMAP
and change the port number from 143 to 993.