How to Setup Your Email Client

There are many popular email clients if you would prefer to use them instead of or in conjunction with webmail. Mail.app for OS X, Kmail for KDE, and Windows Mail, are examples of some popular email clients.

Secure TLS/SSL Settings

Username: Full email address, e.g. “john@doe.net”
Password: your email account’s password
Incoming Server: mail.tedhost.net

IMAPS Port: 993                POP3S Port: 995

Outgoing Server: mail.tedhost.net

MSA Port: 587

SMTPS Port: 465                 SMTP STARTTLS 25

These protocols require authentication.

 

Each email client is going to be different. But they should all have some sort of “options” or “settings” menu where you can configure the client. You will need these basic email options to be configured for your particular domain. Please refer to your email client’s documentation on how to configure your options.There are a couple of things I would like to point out. I personally prefer to use the IMAP protocol. IMAP will store your emails on your server and they will not be deleted until you delete them. This allows you to access your emails from multiple computers. The POP3 protocol on the other hand, downloads your emails to your local computer and then deletes them from the server. This means you will only be able to access them on the computer you used to “pop” the messages off the server.

I also recommend using the Secure SSL/TLS Settings. Using the TLS/SSL settings will secure and encrypt your traffic. This will prevent someone from eavesdropping on your email or password connections.

It is important to note, that there are incoming and outgoing mail servers. You do not have to use the outgoing server on your email client if you prefer to use your ISPs or some other outgoing server that you have access to. For example, MIDCO uses smtpa.midco.net for their customers. Check with your ISP for the proper SMTP settings.

However, in most circumstances I would recommend using my outgoing server (mail.tedhost.net) if you are able to. Some ISPs will block SMTP ports in order to try and cut down on SPAM. Which might require you to use a different port or you may be forced to use your ISP’s SMTP server.

In Windows Mail it is best to use the “Advanced setup” option as Windows doesn’t always guess the settings properly.