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Configuring Eudora 6 for OSX 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 Eudora we recommend using IMAP instead of POP. However, if you are already using POP with Eudora, 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 "IMAP Mailbox Location Prefix".

Eudora 6 OSX secure settings

The first time you run Eudora it may display a startup configuration "wizard" to walk you through configuring your email settings. Cancel out of this wizard and follow the steps below.

  1. Choose Preferences from the Eduora menu.

  2. Click on the Getting Started icon (if it isn't already selected) and enter the settings as highlighted below.

  3. Click on the Checking Mail icon and enter the settings as highlighted below. The first curvy line character in the "Location prefix" field is is a tilde ~.

    NOTE: If you have already been using Eudora without "~/Mail/" for the Location Prefix 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 on the Checking Mail icon and enter the settings as highlighted below.

  5. Click on the SSL icon (toward the bottom) and enter the settings as highlighted below.

  6. Click OK to save your changes.

If you use Eudora off-campus using a different ISP

If you use Eudora 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 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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