Use the Webmail link on Mainely Web for a web based email client that is already secured or set up your mail client (Thunderbird, Outlook, etc.) to use secure protocols. Change your incoming and outgoing server settings to mail.example.com, substituting your domain name for example.com, or securemail2.megamailservers.com and set the protocol to SSL/TLS.
Note: Authentication is required for sending and receiving mail via IMAP, POP3, and SMTP.
Email address: email@example.com
Incoming mail (POP or IMAP) server: mail.example.com or securemail2.megamailservers.com
Secure IMAP SSL/TLS Port: 993
Not Secure IMAP Port: 143
Secure POP3 SSL/TLS: 995
Not Secure POP3 Port: 110
Outgoing mail (SMTP) server: mail.example.com or securemail2.megamailservers.com
Secure SMTP SSL/TLS Port: 465
Not Secure SMTP Port: 1025
Sending or receiving mail using insecure settings is very dangerous and will compromise your email account. It is vital to encrypt the communications between your computer and the e-mail server.
IMAP and POP3 are both protocols, or methods, to access email messages from a remote email server.
IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) is a protocol that accesses email messages which are stored on a remote mail server and it considers the remote server as the primary storage place for email messages - both received and sent.
The main advantage of IMAP over POP3 ease of accessing your email multiple locations. IMAP downloads a copy of the e-mail while leaving it in place on the mail server. Changes that you make to the copy, such as deleting it, are typically synchronized with the copy on the server.
POP3 (Office Protocol version 3) is a protocol that downloads email messages from the remote mail server and then typically removes the email messages from the server. It is usually necessary to tell a POP3 email reader to leave a copy of the mail on the server if desired.
If a copy is left on the server, POP3 email readers typically do not alter or delete that copy when the downloaded message is modified. POP3 does not typically place a copy of sent messages onto the server.
It is vitally important that whichever protocol is chosen, that it is used securely. Please refer to "How do I send and receive mail more securely?" above.
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