Recipe 8.13 Securing POP/IMAP with SSL and Evolution

8.13.1 Problem

You want to read mail on a POP or IMAP mail server securely, using Evolution. The mail server supports SSL.

8.13.2 Solution

In the Evolution menu Tools/Mail Settings/Edit/Receiving Mail, check "Use secure connection (SSL)".

The default ports for IMAP and POP over SSL are 993 and 995, respectively. If your server uses a non-standard port, specify it.

If you're having problems establishing the connection, you can test it. [Recipe 8.10]

8.13.3 Discussion

Evolution on Red Hat 8.0 does not appear to check any pre-installed trusted certificates automatically. As it encounters certificates, it will store them in ~/evolution/cert7.db. This file is not ASCII text, so adding certificates is not easy; you'll need the program certutil.

8.13.4 See Also

certutil is found at Additional discussion is found at

    Chapter 9. Testing and Monitoring