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Configuring Entourage for secure connections

Beginning January, 2007, only email clients configured to use secure settings will be able to connect to the UMD email servers to send and receive mail.

Unless configured to use secure (encrypted) protocols, email programs send your username, password, and email content as clear text that can possibly be intercepted by others - particularly on a wireless network. You should check your email program's settings to make sure your incoming (IMAP or POP) and outgoing (SMTP) servers are configured to use secure settings.

Are you already using POP?
For new users of Entourage we recommend using IMAP instead of POP. However, if you are already using POP with Entourage, to avoid confusion you may want to continue using POP. The secure settings will be similar to the IMAP instructions below but you won't see some setting that are mentioned such as the "Root folder".

Entourage secure settings

Choose Accounts from the Tools menu.

  1. If you don't already have an account set up, press the "New" button and then skip the Account Setup Assistant by clicking the "Configure account manually" button . Select "IMAP" in the following window and click OK to display the Edit Account window.

    If you already have an IMAP account, skip to Step 2 by clicking on your account name and pressing the "Edit" button to display the Edit Account window.

  2. Enter the settings as highlighted below. Be sure to click on the "Click here for advanced receiving options" and enter check the secure IMAP (SSL) setting.

  3. Click on the "Click here for advanced sending options" and enter the settings as highlighted below.

    NOTE: If you have already been using Entourage without "~/Mail/" for the Root folder setting below, you may have created mailboxes that you won't be able to see if you use this settings. Just leave this setting blank to continue to see all of your saved mailboxes.

  4. Click OK to save your changes.

If you use Entourage off-campus using a different ISP

If you use Entourage at home and have a different Internet Service Provider such as cable modem or DSL you may have configured a different SMTP server setting so that you can use your ISP's outgoing SMTP server. Your ISP's SMTP server may also support secure protocols (SSL). If it does not we recommend you use UMD's server ( with SSL enabled. You can send outgoing email through UMD's server anywhere you're connected to the Internet if you enable the secure settings.

You also do not need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) software in order to send email with secure settings. However, for other security reasons we do recommend running VPN unless your computer is connected to an on-campus ethernet connection.


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