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How to Setup Your Hostgator Email Securely

secure email setup

For years, you’ve used your email and most likely it’s been unsecured with any type of encryption or online security. Years ago it wasn’t as important to setup your email securely but with companies like Target getting hacked, it’s worth a few moments of your time to change a few settings in your Outlook to make sure your email has SSL, just like a web site now should have security (that https that encrypts a web site can also be used free in most hosting companies for email) but this is free. Free is good. It’s not hard to change over to secure email, whether you use POP or IMAP settings.

IMAP email access coordinates between the server and your mail application. Messages that you have read, deleted, or replied to will show up as such, both on the server and in the mail application.

POP3 does not coordinate with the server. Messages that the mail application marks as read, deleted, or replied to will not show up as such on the server. This means that future mail downloads with POP3 will show all messages as unread.

The system uses SMTP to send outgoing mail. The hosting company recommends that you use POP3 over SSL/TLS or IMAP over SSL/TLS because they provide increased security for your interactions with the remote mail server.

In later articles, I’ll add Godaddy’s email as those are the two hosting (and thus email) services I recommend.

Secure SSL/TLS Settings(Recommended)
Username: name@domainname.com
Password: Use the email account’s password.

Incoming Server: gator3161.hostgator.com

IMAP Port: 993 (USE SSL, in Drop Down under More Settings, Advanced)
POP3 Port: 995 (USE SSL, in Drop Down under More Settings, Advanced)

Outgoing Server: gator3161.hostgator.com

SMTP Port: 465 (USE TLS, located in the Drop Down under More Settings, Advanced)
Authentication is required for IMAP, POP3, and SMTP.


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Hello, my name is Bryan Grandy and I'm the owner of Blue Hyperlink Web Marketing. It's a big long name for a company but I offer a great of services! The "blue hyperlink" reference comes from when web sites were in their infancy and the way travel the web is to click on hyperlinks. they were a bright garish blue for years. My company offers a variety of web design and intenet marketing service at affordable prices.

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