Outlook Express Email Setup for SVPAL

The following instructions guide you through setting up Microsoft Outlook Express for accessing your SVPAL email account. If you are using Outlook, or an older version of Outlook Express, then some of the details may be different. With a little care you can still use these instructions to guide you through the setup.

Follow the instructions for Mozilla Thunderbird if you use that software.

Follow the instructions for Mac Mail if you use that software.

Follow the instructions for Eudora if you use that software.

If your SVPAL email has been working but you need to enable SMTP AUTH, then click the link above for instructions on how to enable SMTP AUTH. SMTP AUTH will be required in the near future.


Start up Microsoft Outlook. Then from the Tools menu select Accounts... This brings up the Internet Accounts screen.




On the Internet Accounts screen make sure that the Mail tab is selected. Then on the right click on the Add button and select the Mail... choice to add an email account. This starts the Internet Connection Wizard.




On the Internet Connection Wizard enter your name as it should appear in your email messages. This is not your SVPAL username, but your actual name. This example shows Jane Doer for the Display name. Then click the Next> button to continue the wizard.




On this screen you enter your complete SVPAL email address. In this example the E-mail address is janedoer@svpal.org. Then click the Next> button to continue the wizard.




On this screen select POP3 for your the type of email server. The Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP, HTTP) server server is pop.svpal.org and the Outgoing mail (SMTP) server is smtp.svpal.org. Then click the Next> button to continue the wizard.




On this screen enter your svpal login name. In this example the Account name is janedoer. If you would like Outlook Express to remember your password, check the Remember Password box and enter your SVPAL password. Otherwise, Outlook Express will prompt for your password whenever your use Outlook to access your SVPAL email. Make sure that the Log on using Secure Password Authentication is NOT checked. Then click the Next> button to continue the wizard.




Now you are done with the initial setup. Click the Finish button to finish with the wizard. Don't attempt to retreive your email until you've enabled SMTP AUTH in the next section.




Now, rather than closing the Internet Accounts screen, proceed onto the SMTP AUTH section.




Enabling SMTP AUTH for Outlook Express

In this section we enable SMTP AUTH and SSL. SMTP AUTH allows you to prove you are a legitimate subscriber by providing your username and password when you send email. This prevents outsiders (mostly SPAMmers) from using our servers to send their SPAM messages. SSL encrypts communication between your computer and our mail server. This keeps your password secure and provides some privacy protection for your email messages.

Follow the instructions for Mozilla Thunderbird if you use that software.

Follow the instructions for Mac Mail if you use that software.

Follow the instructions for Eudora if you use that software.

Open the Internet Accounts window (if needed). Use the Tools and select the Accounts... to bring up the Internet Accounts window. Under the Accounts, select pop.svpal.org, then click the Properties button to bring up the account properties.




On the pop.svpal.org Properties window select the Servers tab. Click the My server requires authentication checkbox, then click the Advanced tab.




On the Advanced tab change the Outgoing mail (SMTP) port number to 465. Also check the This server requires a secure connection (SSL) immediately below the port number. Change the Incoming mail (POP3) port number to 995. Check the This server requires a secure connection (SSL) immediately below the port number. Uncheck Leave a copy of messages on server as leaving this option checked will lead to an overflowing inbox on the server. Click the OK button to finish, then close the Internet Accounts window.




Click the Get Mail button to connect and retreive your email. You will be prompted for your user name and password. You may optionally check the Remember Password to have Outlook Express remember your password. You should not use this option on computers that are not physically secure, such as at a library.