How can I read my email on the physics mail server securely?

You should configure your mail program to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) - a security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet. The protocol allows client/server applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery. When you read your email via the SSL channel, your login information as well as your email messages are encrypted and transferred between the mail client and server through a private connection session.

The instructions for configuring some select email clients given below assume that your email client is already properly configured to access email on the Physics Department mail server mail.phys.uconn.edu.

Configuration Issues

Inbox Cleanup

If you use POP to transfer your email, we recommend that you clean up your inbox on the email server before you configure your SSL connection. This cleanup will minimize the effects that might result from the fact that SSL is a different server. When you switch to SSL, certain clients may become confused and download all messages, even those you have already read. You will not lose any email messages, but you may have to deal with the inconvenience of deleting old messages from your desktop inbox. These effects have been observed in testing of Eudora, Outlook, and Netscape.

Web mail interface

Web mail interface is an easy and secure method for remote mail access. It is already secure - no reconfiguration is required. In the case you do not know - the links to the interface are provided on the Physics Department Web page.

Outlook Express 5.5/6.0

POP & IMAP

  1. Clean up your inbox.
  2. Launch Outlook Express, select Tools -> Accounts -> Mail -> Properties -> Advanced.
  3. Check the box for Incoming Mail, SSL.
  4. Exit Outlook Express and reopen it before you use SSL for the first time.

Netscape Communicator 4.7X Messenger

IMAP

  1. From the toolbar, select Edit -> Preferences.
  2. On the left-hand side of this settings window, find Mail and Newsgroups and select Mail Servers from this pull-down menu.
  3. From the Mail Servers list, select Incoming Mail Servers. Click Edit.
  4. From the Edit menu, click on the IMAP tab and check the box for Use secure connection (SSL).
  5. Exit Netscape Messenger and reopen it before you use SSL for the first time.

POP

Netscape Communicator 4.7X does not support SSL for this protocol.

Netscape 6/7 Messenger

IMAP

  1. From the toolbar, select Edit -> Mail & News Groups ->Account Settings.
  2. On the left-hand side of this settings window, select Server Settings.
  3. On the right side, check the box for Use secure connection (SSL).
  4. Click OK.
  5. Exit Netscape Messenger and reopen it before you use SSL for the first time.

POP

Netscape 6.2 Windows does not support SSL for POP. The instructions below are for Netscape 7.

  1. From the toolbar, select Edit -> Mail & News Groups ->Account Settings.
  2. On the left-hand side of this settings window, select Server Settings.
  3. On the right side, check the box for Use secure connection (SSL).
  4. Click OK.
  5. Exit Netscape Messenger and reopen it before you use SSL for the first time.

Mozilla

POP & IMAP

  1. Clean up your inbox.
  2. From the toolbar, select Windows -> Mail & News Groups ->EDIT -> Mail & News Groups Account Settings.
  3. On the left-hand side of this settings window, select Server Settings.
  4. On the right side, check the box for Use secure connection (SSL).
  5. Click OK.
  6. Exit Mozilla and reopen it before you use SSL for the first time.

Eudora 5.1/5.2 Windows

POP & IMAP

  1. Clean up your inbox.
  2. To configure your SSL connection, go to Eudora's toolbar and select Tools -> Options.
  3. From the Options dialog box, scroll to the Checking Mail icon in the Category panel.
  4. From the settings panel that now appears, go to the pull-down menu for Secure Sockets when Receiving and select Required, Alternate Port.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Exit Eudora and reopen it before using SSL for the first time.

Eudora 5.2 Macintosh

POP & IMAP

  1. Clean up your inbox.
  2. To configure your SSL connection, select Special -> Settings.
  3. From the list in the Settings window, click on the SSL icon.
  4. From the SSL window, select SSL for POP/IMAP, then select Required, Alternate Port from the pull-down menu.
  5. Exit Eudora and reopen it before using SSL for the first time.

Pine

IMAP

  1. Open the file .pinerc (dot as the first character is important) in your home directory with your favorite text editor.
  2. Find the line
    inbox-path=
    and replace it with
    inbox-path={mail.phys.uconn.edu/ssl/novalidate-cert}INBOX
  3. Find the line
    user-domain=
    and replace it with
    user-domain=phys.uconn.edu
  4. Save the file and quit the editor.

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