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Setting Up Accounts

Users seem to see setting up their accounts as one of the more intimidating tasks when setting up a mail program. You have to consider servers, what they do, usernames, mailbox names, passwords, domains, and so on—you get the idea. It’s somewhat complicated, to say the least.

To get started, let’s figure out as much as we can. First, let’s look at how email is done. You start with what is called a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server. This server is what moves the mail between users, computers, and domains. You send all mail using SMTP because every Internet email system is SMTP based.


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