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Configuring Mozilla/Netscape 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 Mozilla or Netscape for email we recommend using IMAP instead of POP. However, if you are already using POP, 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 server directory".

Mozilla/Netscape secure settings

  1. Choose Mail & Newsgroups from the "Windows" menu. If you and then select Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings from the Edit menu. If you haven't set up an account, follow the steps below. If you already have an IMAP account, skip to Step 2 to configure the secure settings required for email programs at UMD.

  2. Select "Account Settings" from the Tools menu and configure the settings indicated below.

    Note: If you are using the POP protocol the "POP Mail Server" setting would be and the Port number should be 995 when you click the "Use secure connection" checkbox.

    NOTE: If you have already been using OSX Mail without the "~/Mail/" for the IMAP server directory 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.

    If you are using POP you won't have this setting since POP can only access your Inbox.

  3. Windows users: If you have Symantec AntiVirus installed you will need to disable the Email Protection option in order to send email using secure settings.

    Select Symantec Client Security from the Start menu.

    Expand the Configure option and click on Internet E-mail Auto-Protect.
    Remove the checkmark in front of Enable Internet E-mail AutoProtect.
    Click OK and close the window.

If you use Mozilla off-campus using a different ISP

If you use Mozilla 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 secure settings. 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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