kmail security settings
kmail pop3 settings
kmail account settings

Kmail is an email client that comes as part of the KDE desktop environment on Linux, in for example Kubuntu. There are a few default options on kmail that should be changed.

The setup wizard

If you are using kmail for the first time

  1. Click Next (or press return)
  2. Select POP3 for a standard POP account
  3. Enter your real name, email address and organisation as you want people to see them
  4. Click Next
  5. Enter your login name (usually the bit before the @ sign in your address) and password as we have supplied them
  6. Click Next
  7. Enter for incoming and for outgoing servers. Ticking SSL security will work, and is preferable to no security, but see below.
  8. Click Finish

Checking POP/IMAP and SMTP settings are optimal

  1. Go to Settings > Configure KMail > Accounts
  2. Click on Receiving > Modify (relevant account) > Extras. Tick Use TLS for secure mail download, which is preferred for security reasons to SSL. “Authentication” can be “PLAIN”.
  3. If you are using the account from multiple computers and/or webmail, you may want to click back on General and set kmail to leave mail on server for a number of days
  4. Click on OK to return to the list of accounts, and then on Sending > Extras. Again select TLS and PLAIN.
  5. Click on General and make sure there is a cross in ‘Server requires authentication’ and enter a username from a POP account.

Any updates to settings will be found here: Settings at a glance

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