Enabling Secure (SSL) IMAP/POP Connections

I. Thunderbird

The following instructions are for Thunderbird 2.x and 3.x and the settings dialog are very similar between the versions. The screen shots below show an IMAP configuration but is similar for POP (not commonly used anymore).

  • Open the Thunderbird application. 
  • From the menu options, go to Tools->Account Settings.
  • Then look for the account labelled <your_NetID>@mail.montclair.edu on the left side pane and click on "Server Settings".

(Note that if you have more than one mail.montclair.edu account you will need to change these settings for each one.)

  • Under "Server Settings", look for the "Security Settings" section and change the following:
    • In Thunderbird 2.x, click the radio button for "SSL"
    • In Thunderbird 3.x, click the pull down menu for  "SSL/TLS")
  • DO NOT check "Use secure authentication". (This is a bit of a misnomer that actually enables a different feature.)
  • The Port number should automatically have been changed to "993". (Note: If you are using POP instead it will automatically change to "995" which is the correct port for POP.)  Check this to confirm you made the correct setting change for "Connection Security".
  • Click "OK" to close the dialog. 

For additional assistance with configuring Thunderbird, the officially supported e-mail client on campus, please contact the University Help Desk x7971.

Please review the following screenshots for reference:

For PC:

(Thunderbird 2.x for IMAP only, see second screen shot for Thunderbird 3.x)

 

(Thunderbird 3.x for IMAP only)

For MAC:

(From Thunderbird 2.x, for IMAP only. Thunderbird 3.x uses a pull down menu instead.)


II. Microsoft Outlook (2007)

The following instructions are for Outlook 2007.  The screen shot below shows an IMAP configuration but is similar for POP (not commonly used anymore).

(Note: Microsoft Outlook is not an officially supported client on campus. Please refer to Outlook help for additional information.)

  • Open the Outlook application.
  • Go to Tools > Account Settings.
  • Click the E-mail tab and highlight the <your_NetID>@mail.montclair.edu account.

 (Note that if you more than one mail.montclair.edu account you will need to change these settings for each.)

  • Click the "Change..." button. The "Change E-mail Account" window appears.
  • Click on the "More Settings ..." button.
  • Click on the "Advanced" tab.
  • Next to "Use the following type of encrypted connection:", click the pull down menu and select "SSL".
  • The Port number should automatically have been changed to "993".   (Note: If you are using POP instead it will automatically change to "995" which is the correct port for POP.) Check this to confirm you made the correct setting change from the pull down menu.
  • Click OK to close the "Internet E-mail Settings" window.
  • In the "Change E-mail Account" window, click the "Test Account Settings ..." button. Outlook should report "tests completed successfully". 
  • Close the "Test Account Settings" window.
  • Click Next, then Finish.

 Please review the following screenshots for reference, this example is for IMAP only:

 

III. Mac OS X Mail

The following instructions are for Mail 4.x.  The screen shot below shows an IMAP configuration but is similar for POP (not commonly used anymore).

(Note: Mac OS X Mail is not an officially supported client on campus. Please refer to Mail's built-in help for additional information.)

  • Launch the Mail application.
  • In the menu bar click "Mail" > "Preferences...". The "Accounts" window will appear.
  • On the left hand side under "Accounts", click the <your_NetID>@mail.montclair.edu account.

(Note that if you more than one mail.montclair.edu account you will need to change these settings for each.)

  • Click the "Advanced" tab and next to the "Port:" option click the "Use SSL" button.
  • The Port number should automatically have been changed to "993". Check this to confirm your setting is correct. (Note: If you are using POP instead it will automatically change to "995" which is the correct port for POP.) 
  • Close the "Accounts" window (click the red circle on the top left) and click "Save" to save the settings.

 Please review the following screenshots for reference, this example is for IMAP only: