How to configure POP3 with SSL support

Configuring a POP email account with SSL in ThunderBird

Configuring the POP3 protocol for the use of SSL certificate is a relatively easy task and can be accomplished when you are setting up the new mail account that will be using such type of encryption.

 

Step 1 Configuring the Incoming server settings

Let’s begin by adding a new email account to Thunderbird. This can be achieved via the File > New > Existing Mail account option.

 

existing-mail-account

 

This option will present you with the default window for the configuration of your new email account where you will need to fill the following options:

 

  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Password

 

mail-setup

 

Once you are done filling these settings please click on the “Continue” button so Thunderbird can try to fetch the settings for your email account automatically. Once this is done you will be presented with some additional information along with the “Manual Config” button which you will need to click on.

 

manual-configuration

 

The button will present the fetched configuration for the mail account where you should apply the settings for your POP3 secure connection.

First you will need to choose the “POP3” protocol from the first drop-down next to the “Incoming” string. This mean that your incoming emails will be fetched by Thunderbird using the POP3 protocol.

 

POP3-protocol-selction

 

Now that you have selected the correct protocol you will need to ensure that the “Server hostname” is the correct one. In order to do that you will need to understand how that hostname is related to your domain.

 

Hostname

It is relatively simple – the hostname is mail.yourdomain.com where the substitution yourdomain.com should be replaced with your actual domain name. If your domain is for example mybiz123.info the hostname you will need to use is mail.mybiz123.info.

 

The next thing you will need to configure is the “Port” of the service. Since your email account will be connecting via POP3 SSL connection you will need to set the port to 995 and also to choose the “SSL/TLS” option from the SSL drop-down list.

 

ports-and-authentication

 

The final setting is for the “Authentication method” and there you should choose the “Normal Password” option.

That is all you will need to do in order to have a POP3 SSL connection configured for use by your email account.

 

Step 2 Configuring the outgoing server settings 

In order to have the outgoing server settings configured for the use of SSL certificate you will need to configure the options presented at the second line of the same configuration window called “Outgoing”. By default you will have the SMTP protocol already chosen and you will be unable to change that.

 

The second field you will need to configure is the “Server Hostname” field which is the same one as the Incoming Server hostname you have configured in the previous step. The next and probably the most important thing here is the “Port” which should be set to 465 as this is the default SSL port for the SMTP service.

 

SMTP-SSL-config-port

 

Once you choose that port the next field should be automatically filled with  the “SSL/TLS” option, however if it is not please simply choose that option.

 

The last field is called “Authentication” and there you will need to choose “Normal password”. Once you have finished with the configuration please use the “Done” button at the bottom of the configuration window so the changes can be saved.

 

configuration-done

 

Congratulations! You have successfully configured your email client with POP3 SSL type of connections.