Your emails

Jerome PIETRI on Thursday, May 28th 2015 I 1 Comment

Your emails
With the growing importance of emails in today's world, the email management system needed a major makeover. This was done at the end of April and somehow we managed to limit any disruption to the service!

This update consists primarily of the establishment of encryption, both for receiving emails (pop3) and for their issuance (SMTP). The power of the servers managing the emails is now 4X stronger, allowing for both quicker distribution of emails and a better analysis of messages in order to intercept viruses and spam. We have always filtered your messages to avoid these threats, which actually account for 95% of incoming messages to our platform—only 5% end up in your inboxes. 

Standard configurations of your emails

We were also able to create a deactivation system for "abandoned" mailboxes (those that haven't been touched for more than 6 months), or those used for sending spam (often done unbeknownst to you, because of a stolen password or virus).  

Additionally, information concerning used mailbox space will soon be available in your back offices. The majority of these improvements are apparent to you, however, if you want to take advantage of the email encryption, you must:
* Use pop3s in the place of pop3 : you will have to replace port 110 by port 995, and activate the SSL
* Activate the 'STARTTLS' function in the SMTP settings 

You can use port 587 in the place of ports 25 or 225 (the SMTP settings) at the same time. 

As of today, nothing has changed, but the access providers who have not yet done so will soon ban the usage of ports 25 and 225 for emails (587 being the new standard).

Your emails
Along with this update, we have started establishing autoconfiguration and autodiscover emails, allowing the configuration of your email accounts to be automated (for addresses from certain providers such as Thunderbird ; more to come). In practice, all you will have to do is indicate your email address and password of your Thunderbird or Outlook account to configure the account settings.

Secure passwords

We will finish with the most important part: please choose your password wisely and include as much complexity as you can withstand—number, upper and lower case, etc. We ran a script, and it looks like most of you have used your girlfriend or dog's name as your password...

This may make you laugh, but having your mailbox hacked and not realizing it until later is not so funny.

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