Connection parametres for our mail server
Summary of the necessary parametres for configuring a mail client and reading and sending mail from your computer with your A/I account. (Let's assume that your account name is firstname.lastname@example.org
To download our SSL certificates: A/I Certification Authority
POP or IMAP?
POP3 and IMAP4 are the standard protocols for reading your mail in the Internet: they can both be used for reading your A/I mailbox, and choosing one of them means deciding how to use your mailbox:
- The POP protocol has been conceived for just one thing: downloading new messages from a remote account. By using POP, you'll use your A/I mailbox just as your physical mailbox: when you have new mail you fetch it and keep it at home. This is the usage mode we prefer, because it reduces the load on our servers and allows everybody to decide on her own about the degree of privacy she wants to keep with her mail.
- The IMAP protocol has been developed so as to manage a remote mail directory, for instance by creating subdirectories in which you can arrange your messages. If you use IMAP, your mail will be kept in the server, so the space you can use in the server disk will be limited, but it can be a solution if, for example, you don't have a computer of your own or you wish to be always able to read your mail through a webmail.
These are broadly the two possible ways for using your A/I mailbox, but it can be useful to know that you can also keep your messages in the server while using POP and that you can also download them while using IMAP.
My email client doesn't support SSL
Some older email clients might not support the latest versions of SSL, in these cases we recommend to switch to a modern client. As you will see below the procedure is relatively involved and not very convenient. However if you are unable to change email client, it is still possible to connect securely. What you have to do on your computer is to wrap an unencrypted email connection into an encrypted one. There are many programs to do this wrapping, for example stunnel.
This program is free software and widely available, to run it you should first download and verify the A/I certification autorithy. Then in the same directory download the stunnel configuration and launch stunnel with:
At this point there will be several ports available on your local computer, all you have to do is change your client configuration to use those instead of the canonical ones.
If you would like to stop stunnel after you are done, this should work:
kill $(cat /var/run/ai-stunnel.pid)
Remember of course that you will need stunnel to be running from now on when sending and receiving emails from your computer!