Does ServWise provide Secure SMTP, POP3, IMAP (SSL and TLS)?

Secure SSL Email Smtp pop3 imap

Yes. ServWise fully supports encrypted mail protocols both SSL and TLS on our servers.

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So, what are SSL and TLS and which should I use to secure my email server connection?

TLS (Transport Layer Security) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) are cryptographic protocols designed to provide communications security over a TCP/IP (Internet) network and both do the same job of securing and encrypting communications between your PC and the mail server. Please note however that this only secures your connection to the server, not the contents of the email, your email will often then be sent unencrypted to its final destination server. Normal Email should be thought of as like a postcard so never send sensitive information like passwords via email.

As long as your email software supports it then you can use TLS on the native ports to enable an encrypted connection (sometimes referred to as STARTTLS in email clients).

TLS ports are: SMTP:25, IMAP:143, POP3:110

This is often detected and used automatically by modern email software and is becoming the standard for secure email communication.

However, you can also use SSL on explicitly encrypted ports for each of these protocols: 

SSL ports are: SMTPS:465, IMAPS:993, POP3S:995.

Note: Secure connections should be made using the server hostname, not your own domain (please see your welcome letter for your mail server hostname).

Connecting using your own mail domain is possible but will produce a security alert that the certificate does not match the domain. The connection will still be secured, however.

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