Astro Mail Servers

Note: If you send and receive astro email while logged into a Sun host, you do not always need to select an SMTP, POP/IMAP server.

SMTP Server(outgoing mail)

sierra.phys.columbia.edu (or any Sun running Solaris 8)

POP and IMAP Server(incoming mail)

jewels.phys.columbia.edu huitzil.phys.columbia.edu (alternate)

Both jewels and huitzil offer secure POP and IMAP, via SSL, in addition to the usual POP and IMAP services.

Note: You will need one of these servers if you pick up your astro(user@astro.columbia.edu) email from a non-Sun host or wish to use 'IMAP' or 'POP' on a Sun host.

Advanatges of SSL

POP and IMAP with SSL are more secure as your password, needed each time you pick up mail via POP or IMAP, is encrypted instead of being sent as clear text across the network.

Many email programs support SSL including:

  • Pine
  • Netscape
  • Mac OS X Mail
  • Eudora 5.1.1(Sponsored or paid mode only)

To use SSL, you'll need to select that option in your email program.

Refer to SSL-notes for Netscape 6.2 setup details.