This article provides information on setting up Outlook 2007 to access mail with a secure (SSL) connection.

First, go to the account settings screen:

1. Account Settings

Outlook 2007 Account Settings

If you are adding a new account, select the "New" button. If you are modifying an existing account, use the "change" button. You will see an email settings form like this:

2. Change E-mail Account

Outlook 2007 email settings form

Here you:

  • Replace This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your actual mail address.
  • The incoming and outgoing servers will be provided in your setup message. ssc001.abivia.net is an example.
  • For User Name, ensure you use a plus sign ("+") instead of an ampersand ("@").

Before testing the account, select "More settings". You will see a form with four tabs:

3. Internet E-mail Settings — General

Outlook 2007 advanced settings, tab 1

You can pick any values you want here.

On the second tab, tell Outlook to send a password before sending mail. This helps prevent unauthorized and forged mail.

4. Internet E-mail Settings — Outgoing Server

Outlook 2007 advanced settings, tab 2

Ignore the third tab, "Connection".

On the last tab we tell Outlook to use a secure connection:

5. Internet E-mail Settings — Advanced

Outlook 2007 advanced settings, tab 2

Settings that differ from the defaults are:

  • The incoming port is 995
  • Check the box "This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL)"
  • The outgoing port is 465
  • Select SSL from the list "Use the following type of encrypted connection"

Then click the "OK" button to return to the e-mail settings screen and click the "Test Connection" button.

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