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Configure your e-mail application


IMAP and POP3 are two different protocols for managing e-mail. Gustavus Technology Services recommends IMAP for your e-mail, but supports both POP and IMAP. IMAP allows you the ability to easily access and manage your mail from different locations and platforms. IMAP stores your mail on the e-mail server and allows you to organize it in folders on the server. Using IMAP mail will also allow you to access all of your e-mail while you are away from campus.

Gustavus Technology Services recommends the use of either Thunderbird, Mail (Macintosh Only), or the Gustavus WebMail Interface for IMAP mail.

General settings

During the installation or configuration of your e-mail application you may be asked for the following information:

Incoming settings

  • Mailserver: (use IMAP even if using POP)
  • Using Port (default): 993 (IMAP) 995 (POP)
  • Using: SSL and Authentication

Outgoing settings

  • SMTP Server:
  • Using Port (alternative): 465
  • Using: SSL and Authentication

Other Settings

  • Type of Connection T1 or LAN
  • E-mail Address
  • Profile Location Recommend saving your profile in your My Documents folder
Outlook Express

Home directory


File sharing

We recommend that you do not use "file sharing" (connecting via the network directly from one client computer to another client computer) to transfer files or make them available, as it will expose your computer to security risks and will not be reliable. If you want to transfer or share documents, a better option would be emailing documents, burning them to a CD/DVD, or putting them on a USB drive.

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