E-mail Access Information
We encourage you use an IMAP-capable e-mail client (for instance, Thunderbird, mutt, alpine, Outlook, or
Mac OS X’s Mail 1) to check your e-mail. To do so, you will need to configure your client to connect to the Tufts EECS mail server via IMAP or POP. IMAP is the preferred supported protocol to use. Regardless of whether POP or IMAP is used, it is important to make sure that SSL, a network encryption protocol, is used for all connections. The ensures the security and privacy of your account by encrypting your password.
You can also access your e-mail via the web at https://www.eecs.tufts.edu/webmail
Incoming Mail Server
NOTE: Do not use these instructions for third party mail sites such as GMail or Blackberry service, as giving your password to a third party site violates the Tufts (and EECS) Responsible Use Policy. If you wish to read your email on GMail, Blackberry, or other third party mail service, please follow the instructions for doing so.
Set your incoming mail server to
Your client should have a checkbox for connecting with encryption. It may be labeled “TLS” or “STARTTLS”, or possibly something like “Use encryption.” Make sure this box is checked, and that the port, if listed, is “143”.
If you are unable to find a place for setting the connection to use SSL, or are unsure about the proper configuration, please contact the EECS Systems group. We will be happy to help ensure that your account’s security is protected.
Outgoing Mail Server
All computers should send outgoing mail using SMTP Auth. The outgoing mail server should be set to
Since SMTP Auth requires sending your username and password, it will be necessary to ensure that encryption is used for this connection. The port should be specified as “25” or “587”, and the encryption method should be STARTTLS. If your mail client does not support SMTP Auth, you may use the directions for desktop machines for sending mail from the Tufts EECS network. When your computer is connected to another network, however, you will be unable to send mail unless you configure your mail client to use that network’s SMTP server. Contact your ISP or remote network administrator for their settings.
1. Mac Mail as of OSX 10.8 “Mavericks” is no longer recommended for mail as it has become very buggy and does not play well with our mail servers. ↩