Setting up Thunderbird for Secure Email

On this page we list the steps required to configure your Darq secure email account using the Open Source Mozilla Thunderbird email program.  If at any point you get stuck, please call our helpdesk and we'll be happy to help.

 

Step by step instuctions

Adding a secure imap accout to thunderbird

1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird and go to the Tools menu

2. Choose Account Settings from the Tools menu
2. Choose Account Settings from the Tools menu

3. Select Add Account button
3. Select Add Account button

Adding a secure imap accout to thunderbird
4. From the three account types, choose Email Account

Enter your name and email address.
5. Enter your name and primary email address.

Adding a secure imap accout to thunderbird
6. Change the radio box from POP to IMAP. Then enter mail.darq.com for incoming and outgoing servers.

6. Your username is always your primary email address. Enter that next to "Incoming User Name".
7. Your username is always your primary email address. Enter that next to "Incoming User Name".

Accept the default (your primary email address) and press next.

8. Accept the default account name (your primary email address) and press next.


7. Check that the settings don't have any typo's, and if they're ok, choose Finish
9. Double check that all the settings look allright, and if they do click Finish.  This stage is complete, but we now need to enable some additional security settings.

8. A new account labeled as your email address will appear on the account settings dialog. Under that account choose server settings. To the right, under Security Settings, choose SSL. The IMAP mail server port will change from 143 to 993 in the box above.
10. A new account labeled as your email address will appear on the account settings dialog. Under that account choose server settings. To the right, under Security Settings, choose SSL. The IMAP mail server port will change from 143 to 993 in the box above.

9. Click on Outgoing Server. Then highlight the darq account and choose edit.
11. Back on the left again, beneath your new account, click on Outgoing Server. Then highlight the darq account and choose edit.

10. Under Security & Authentication choose TLS then ok.
12. Under Security & Authentication choose TLS then ok.

If you're using more than one email address, click on "Manage Identities"

13. If you're using more than one email address, click on "Manage Identities".


Choose "Add"

14. Choose "Add".


Enter the details for your additional address, and repeat as necessary.

15. Enter the details for your additional address.


Adding a secure imap accout to thunderbird

16. Add other addresses as necessary.  Note that these addresses need to be setup on our servers, so please email support if you require additional email aliases.


Double click on "Inbox" or "Get Mail"

17. Double click on "Inbox" or click "Get Mail".  You'll be prompted for your password.

Enter your case sensitive password
18. Enter your password.  Please note that like most other things, it's Case Sensitive. If there are upper case (capital) letters, they are significant.

Accept the warning
19. The warning explains that saving passwords might be a bad idea.  If you're worried about this, please contact our helpdesk and we'll help you set up a "Master Password".

Click on "Write" and compose a new email to yourself.
20. Click on "Write" and compose a new test email to yourself.  When you hit send, enter your password again and choose to save it.  You should instantly get see your new message in your inbox.  Congratulations!

Email Settings Summary

Account Name: email@example.com
Email address: email@example.com
Incoming Server Type: IMAP (SSL port 993)
Incoming Server Name: mail.darq.com
Incoming Username: email@example.com
Outgoing SMTP server: mail.darq.com
Use outgoing name and password: yes
Outgoing Username: email@example.com
Use secure smtp connection: TLS