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Email services

Your address

We provide you with an email account. Assuming your user name is yourname, you can receive mail at yourname@uofr.net.

You can also append the plus-sign followed by any word to your user name to make it easier to sort your mail. For example, if your user name is joeuser, you can reveive mail at any of the following addresses: joeuser+widgets@uofr.net, joeuser+spam@uofr.net, joeuser+lists@uofr.net.

Checking your mail

Access via your shell account

Log into your shell account and use a command-line mail client. Installed mail clients:

Access via secure POP3 and IMAP

To check your mail via POP3 or IMAP, set your incoming mail server to ssl.uofr.net. If you are using IMAP, set your IMAP path prefix to mail.

You may have to set your reply-to address specifically to "example@uofr.net" as it might default to "example@ssl.uofr.net" which is invalid.

To foil eavesdroppers, we only allow secure POP3 and IMAP mail access over SSL. Most mail clients require you to explicitly enable SSL connections. The procedure is different for each client. Consult the documentation for your client.

Some mail clients that support SSL are:

Please note: We do not recommend using Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express because of the high number of email worms that target vulnerabilities in these programs.

Access via the web

We run the Horde IMP webmail system, which provides full IMAP access to your email account, an address book, and other features. To log in, visit: https://ssl.uofr.net/webmail. Access is only available over SSL (note the https://).

Please note:We do not recommend using Microsoft Internet Explorer to access webmail. The large amount of malicious code targeting vulnerabilities in that software make it difficult to ensure that one's computer hasn't been compromised through its use. Mozilla Firefox is a free, standards-compliant alternative that works with all popular consumer operating systems and is compatible with IMP.

Transferring your webmail preferences from Roundtable

Webmail preferences, including your address book entries, are not automatically transferred from your CIF account. You can tranfer your address book entries yourself, if you so choose, using the Import/Export function. If you don't wish to do it yourself, or you'd like to transfer other preferences (like filters and signatures), contact the system administrators at sysadmin at uofr dot net.

Filtering mail

Several mail filtering programs are available.

Filtering with Exim

Exim, our mail transfer agent (MTA), supports an internal filtering mechanism. Consult the document Exim's interface to mail filtering for more information.

Filtering with Procmail

Procmail is a powerful mail filtering program that is somewhat hard to use. Documentation is available:

Our mail system supports Procmail internally. To enable it, place a file named .procmailrc containing Procmail rules in your home directory. There is no need to use a .forward file.

Filtering with filter

filter is a component of the Elm mail system. It provides simple but not particularly powerful header filtering. The Mail Filtering FAQ contains a section on filter.

Sending mail

You can now send email through UofR.net, as long as your mail client supports SMTP over SSL and password authentication. Se your outgoing mail server (SMTP server) address to ssl.uofr.net and port to 25. Turn on SSL encryption, and use your UofR.net user name and password.

Though the initial transmission of mail to UofR.net is immune to eavsdropping, our mail server does not use encryption when passing your message on to other mail servers. Therefore, if you are concerned about privacy you should still encrypt sensitive messages.