Difference: ConfigureMail (3 vs. 4)

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Configuring your mail reader

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 of IMAP support they offer, they not only have folder organization of messages, but allow folders within folders for a full hierarchical structure of your mail.
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 Although we support using Outlook, Entourage, and other Microsoft-authored mail readers at Nevis, I don't encourage their use. Unfortunately, for technical and social reasons, the Microsoft
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 Netscape, Eudora, or some other non-Microsoft program instead.
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If you use a graphical mail program, here are some

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f you use a graphical mail program, here are some
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  • You have to decide whether to use POP or IMAP to read your mail. The difference between the two is described in a <a
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 Alternate: If you wish, you may use any of the following aliases for clarity:
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imap.nevis.columbia.edu
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  • Turn on all the authentication options. You need authentication to both send your mail (SMTP authentication) and to read your mail
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     mail.nevis.columbia.edu as your SMTP server; use Columbia's SMTP server: send.cc.columbia.edu.
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  • Ports

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    Ports

     If your mail reader supports it, I highly recommend that you use SSL encryption. This assures that your password is not sent over the network in plain text. Most mail readers (though not all) support
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    this, even Alpine (note the ssl tag in the configuration above).

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    this, even Alpine (note the ssl tag in configuring alpine.
     Aside from selecting the option in your mail reader, you'll have to set or confirm that your mail reader is using the correct ports to access the mail server:
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    • If your mail reader does not support SSL, use port 110 for POP3, port 143 for IMAP, and port 25 for SMTP.

      Some sites block off port 25 with their firewall; the goal is to force you to use their mail server. As an alternative, you can try accessing the Nevis mail server via port 587.

    • If your mail reader supports TLS or SSL, use port 995 for POP3 and port 993 for IMAP. You can use the same ports for SMTP with or without SSL: 25 normally, 587 if a site has blocked port 25; the mail server can recognize when your mail program wants to use SSL and make the switch.

      You can also use port 465 for SMTP+SSL. Try this if neither ports 25 nor 587 seem to work when sending mail via SSL (Outlook Express is an example).

      No matter which ports you use with SSL, you have to bypass certificate validation. If you don't, you may get warning messages about how the Nevis certificate cannot be validated or trusted.

  • You can find a quick summary on a separate web page.

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    • If your mail reader does not support SSL, use port 110 for POP3, port 143 for IMAP, and port 25 for SMTP.

      Some sites block off port 25 with their firewall; the goal is to force you to use their mail server. As an alternative, you can try accessing the Nevis mail server via port 587.

    • If your mail reader supports TLS or SSL, use port 995 for POP3 and port 993 for IMAP. You can use the same ports for SMTP with or without SSL: 25 normally, 587 if a site has blocked port 25; the mail server can recognize when your mail program wants to use SSL and make the switch.

      You can also use port 465 for SMTP+SSL. Try this if neither ports 25 nor 587 seem to work when sending mail via SSL (Outlook Express is an example).

      No matter which ports you use with SSL, you have to bypass certificate validation. If you don't, you may get warning messages about how the Nevis certificate cannot be validated or trusted.

     
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