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Thunderbird is the email program of the Mozilla suite. It is a secure and free alternative to Microsoft Outlook (which is famous for it's vulnerabilities to viruses and trojans) and includes a filter against spam and other unwanted messages, a spell-checker, and the option of managing multiple accounts.
This program is available in English, French and many other languages. It is a free an open source program distributed according to the «GNU Public License».
If you are using Debian (and you would very likely know if this were the case), you can find Thunderbird under the name Icedove.
First, create the email accounts in AlternC, if they do not yet exist
This page could be used by anyone who is wondering how to configure Thunderbird to access their email account. However, it was written primarily for clients of Koumbit who use the AlternC interface (accessed via bureau.koumbit.net) to manage their shared hosting accounts. To create email accounts such as firstname.lastname@example.org, you must have first paid to purchase the 'domain name' in question (ex. example.com or yourorganization.org). Once you own the domain name, you need log-in to the account of the domain name registrar (the people you paid to register the domain name, for example Gandi.net) and to point it towards Koumbit's 'nameservers' (sometimes referred to as DNS servers). These are ns1.koumbit.net, ns2.koumbit.net, ns3.koumbit.net.
Next, log-into your AlternC email account at bureau.koumbit.net, and click on 'Add a domain.' In the first 24 or 48 hours, some people and emails won't be able to find your domain.
Once the domain name has been successfully added, click on that domain under the 'Mailboxes' section in the right side-bar and then click 'Add a mailbox on example.com.' Check the box for "Is it a POP account?" and choose a password. (Notice that at this step, instead of making an email address that you can access though Thunderbird, you also have the option of creating a redirection so that emails to email@example.com simply re-direct to any email account, such as your personal email account.)
Here is how you configure Thunderbird for an email account that is configured through one of Koumbit's AlternC hosting accounts.
Launch the account creation wizard by going to Files > New > Existing email account
- Enter whatever first name and last name (or organization name) will appear as the sender of every email, the email address, and the password. Click 'Next'.
- Select the account type "IMAP" (POP3 is also supported) and enter the respective servers to receive and send email: imap.koumbit.net and smtp.koumbit.net, then click on the 'next' button.
Enter the user name for sending and receiving mail. For mail accounts created through Koumbit's AlternC service, the user name for both sending and receiving is your complete email address (ex. firstname.lastname@example.org, not just johndoe).
If you would like to have a more secure connection, do not enter your password at this stage and refer to the instructions below.
Finally, give a name by which you will identify your account. This is only to help you to select the right account, in the event that you use Thunderbird to connect to several accounts. For example, you could call it 'My personal account' or 'email@example.com'.
Congratulations! Thunderbird is now configured to send and receive email for that email address!
The following steps are strongly recommended to ensure a better confidentiality of data. On some networks, such as Bell, it is an obligatory step.
- Click on the Edit menu, then on Account Options
- In the window that appears, click on the item "Outgoing SMTP server" (in the list of options on the left-hand side of the window). Select the account that you configured, then click on 'Modify.'
- In the "Security and authentification" section of the window, click on "TLS". The port should also change to 587.
If you have problems with port 587, try port 465.
- Select "STARTTLS" from the drop-down menu. (It is possible, however, that this will not work properly in certain old versions of Windows.) Now, click on 'Server settings' from the menu on the left:
- Check the box for SSL. The port should automatically change to 993.
- Click on "OK." Your email account should now be well configured. You will have to enter your password at least for the first sending and receiving of email.
If you have any problems, please go though the instructions and make sure there isn't a little mistake somewhere. If this doesn't work, or if you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change default sorting order
Thunderbird sorts mail by oldest first by defauly. This is annoying for IMAP email accounts. For instructions on how to change the sorting order, see: http://superuser.com/questions/13518/change-the-default-sorting-order-in-thunderbird
"Attach to Icedove" in Konqueror
If by chance you are wondering about this, check our suggestion on the page https://wiki.koumbit.net/Thunderbird