Purdue Webmail Email Client Settings
I have been using Thunderbird to access my Purdue webmail account for a long time, but yesterday seemingly randomly I would get the message “Thunderbird can’t connect securely to x.mail.purdue.edu because the site uses a security protocol which isn’t enabled” whenever I tried to access the webmail server. After some fiddling around I realized the problem was that Purdue Webmail wasn’t using the TLS protocol for security anymore, rather it switched to SSL (or something to that effect). Therefore, you need to goto Tools > Account Settings > Server Settings > and under “Security Settings” click the “SSL” radio button.
This is annoying because I set up my Thunderbird account using ITaP’s tutorial which stated to use the TLS protocol. However, if you search further, there is an ECN Tutorial telling you to use SSL. So, if you are setting up Thunderbird for the first time, you might wanna follow the ECN one instead. Hope this helps somebody!
P/S: btw, there’s apparently a new online webmail client which is WAY better than the previous crappy client. There should be a link to it on the Purdue Webmail login page. Check it out. Still doesn’t beat Thunderbird though…
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010, 1:39 pm