Contributed Documentation

This documentation has been contributed by benefactors of WDY Enterprises services. It has not been tested for accuracy or correctness, and is provided without warranty or guarantee of any kind. ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE IS UNSUPPORTED. Acting on the advice on this page may open your system to damage, attack, virus, or other harmful event; use this information only in conjunction with an informed risk assessment. This document is owned by its respective contributor; WDY Enterprises, LLC does not assert copyright in any of the content provided on this page.


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(Do not use this document for OS X Netscape v7.2 email or OS 9
Netscape v7.02 email; there are a few differences.  See the separate
docs for those versions. These instructions will _probably_ work for
Netscape v4.5x and above, maybe even below. I have tested v4.75 with
OS 9.1; it should work with OS 8.x as well.)

My name Fred Moore. I'm a Macintosh consultant and was involved in
writing some of the documentation for Freenet when it started up back
in 1994. With this document I'm providing some unofficial support for
configuring your Macintosh computer for use with the new WDY Enterprises
service. Please read these instructions carefully and refer to online
help for your email application as well as for the OS. If you have
exhausted all these sources, but still have a problem you can email me
at and I'll try to respond. However, be warned that I
can only do it on an 'if I have the time' basis. If you find any
errors or omissions or have suggestions on improving these
instructions, I'll be eager to hear from you.

While I wrote the Mac-specific email instructions for WDY Enterprises, I
have quoted related info from the official docs. It is
denoted with wdyllc: ''.


Any email program will as you for 6 major pieces of information, as
well as several minor bits. The order in which the data are requested
varies and the minor pieces are often entered through sub-menus or
special windows. If you have this info in front of you when you set up
your account, the process will be faster and less confusing.

** ACCOUNT NAME: This is whatever you want to call this particular
email account so you know exactly what account it is. The name can be
virtually anything. If you only have one email address, you could use
'My email' (without the quotation marks). If you have several email
accounts, you might want to name them for each provider, such as 'WDY
Enterprises', 'RR', or 'WOW'. If you have several accounts and/or more
than one with a single provider, you might want to use the entire
email address as the account name.

e.g.  My Email
      Jack Smythe
      Home Email
      WDY Enterprises

** YOUR NAME: Enter your name as you wish to see it in the 'From:'
field of your email messages. Please don't use all caps; that
considered poor style.  wdyllc: ' Your user agreement does not require
that you put the correct name in the "Your Name" field -- it really
can be anything you want. Depending on the circumstances, sending mail
that can't be responded (with an incorrect e-mail address) may be
perceived as an attempt to violate the terms of your user agreement
with WDY Enterprises.' Note that if Jack Smythe calls himself Joe
Doaks, jsmythe still appears in his email address.  

e.g.  Jack Smythe

** YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: Type in your email address exactly as it was
given to you (new account) or as you have been using it (existing


** INCOMING MAIL SERVER INFO: Incoming email and outgoing email each
have their own server to receive and send messages. For incoming
email, select either POP or IMAP. If you select IMAP, be sure to read
the note at  wdyllc:
'IMAP mail is also available, but we leave its use as an exercise to
the reader; one should only use IMAP if one already understands how to
use it effectively. While its use is permitted, the use of IMAP
without proper care and training is likely to result in lost or
misdirected e-mail.' This document describes POP.

Enter '' (w/o the quotes) in the Incoming POP server
box. You will also need to enter a port number, often through another
window or sub menu. The default port number, which you likely WON'T be
using, is listed in parentheses for your information. See for more info. You will
also be specifying 'use secure connection (SSL)'.  

e.g. Port 995 (110) or

** OUTGOING MAIL SERVER INFO: Enter '' (w/o the quotes) in
the Outgoing SMTP server box. You will also need to enter a port
number, often through another window or sub menu. The default port
number, which you likely WON'T be using, is listed in parentheses for
your information. See for
more info. You will also be specifying 'use name and password' and
'use secure connection'. wdyllc: 'We recommend that you change the
port to port 587. This step may be necessary when you are using a
restrictive ISP that blocks outgoing port 25 access. Some ISPs in the
central Ohio area are known to do this. If neither port 25 nor port
587 work, it may be necessary to contact WDY Enterprises for

e.g. Port 587 (25) or

** USER NAME or Incoming User Name or Outgoing User Name: This may
seem redundant, but enter the first part of your email address (the
part before the @ sign) in the box provided.  

e.g.  jsmith

***** Setting up email in Netscape Email v4.75 on Mac OS 8 & 9 *****

Netscape 4.75 only supports one email account per Profile. (Ahh, the
good olde daze! Who would want more than one email account?!) If your
current profile uses Freenet for email, simply launch Netscape to get
started. If you need to create a new Profile for WDY Enterprises, double
click on the User Profile Manager in the Netscape Communicator folder
and enter the info mentioned below. We will confirm you settings
through the Preferences command.

** STEP 1: After you have created a new Profile or to modify the
existing email account within an existing Profile, launch Netscape in
your Freenet Profile, open the mail facility by typing command-2 or
clicking on the small envelope icon at the lower right of a browser
window. Then click on Edit in the menubar and drag down to Preferences
at the bottom of the menu to open your preferences window.

On the left of the preferences window should be a list of ALL your
Netscape 4.75 preferences. Click once on the 'Mail & Newsgroup'
preferences heading and click on the flippy triangle to display the
sub-menus under the account if they aren't already displayed. The
window to the right of the prefs list should display a window titled
'Mail & Newsgroups'.  Set these prefs as you choose.

** STEP 2: Click on the 'Identity' sub-heading. Make any changes
*necessary to 'Your name:' and 'Email address:'.  UNcheck* the box
*'Use Internet Config' so that program does not override what you
*enter here.

** STEP 3: Click on sub-heading 'Mail Servers'. In the new window
'Mail Server', select the mail server in the 'Incoming Mail Servers'
window and click the 'Edit...' button. In the sub-window under the
'General' tab, confirm that the server name is '', the
server type is POP, and the user name is correct. There is no place to
enter a port number or a secure connection pref so my guess is that
you'l be connecting to the default port 110 instead of the more secure
port 995. No big deal; this is probably as secure as what you're using

Netscape offers you the opportunity to enter your password so you
don't have to remember it when you access your email. Well, even
though the Mac is extremely secure, when it comes to the Internet, I'm
a little paranoid. So I leave the 'Remember password' box empty and
enter my password manually. Also if my computer is ever stolen, the
thief will not be able to send email under my name because the
password is in my head, not on the hard drive.

You can check for mail automatically if you like by setting the
checkbox 'Check for mail every  minutes'.  wdyllc: 'WDY
Enterprises suggests checking for e-mail automatically no more
frequently than once every 5 to 10 minutes, in keeping with industry
standard practices. Statistically speaking, doing so only increases
the computational load on our servers without delivering your mail any
faster. We've made great strides to keep your costs low, and can only
do so when everyone respects the finite nature of computational
resources. If/when you need to check for new mail more frequently
(expecting that important incoming e-mail message), use the "get mail"
button to request a check by hand.'

Click on the 'POP' tab. You may want to check 'Leave messages on
server' if you need to access current email from many locations such
as at home, at work, and from a hotel room. Normally, with this box
UNchecked, all new messages are downloaded to the hard drive of
whatever computer you are using whenever you access your Freenet
account. If you do access your account from several locations and this
box is UNchecked, you run the risk of having the originals of incoming
email scattered over several computers and they won't be easy to

HOWEVER, if you DO leave your messages on the server, it ties up
system resources. You have an absolute maximum email storage
allocation of 100MB (unless you have contracted for more). A stack of
undeleted emails and a few large attachments could easily put you over
this limit and you could lose email. So be careful if you leave
messages on the server. Delete all unnecessary messages as soon as
possible or download your messages to a designated computer by
temporarily turning OFF 'Leave messages on the server' when you check
your email from the computer on which you want the email to reside.

Click the 'OK' button at the lower right of the sub-window to apply changes.

** STEP 4: Back in the 'Mail Server' window you'll see the entry
'Outgoing Server (SMTP)'. Make sure the server name is '',
the user name is correct, and 'Use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or TLS
for outgoing messages' is set to 'Always (else fail)'. There is no
place to explicitly specify a port, but it works anyway.

When I sent mail with Netscape 4.75 under OS 9.1, I got a warning
message 'The site '' has requested client authentication,
but you do not have a Personal Certificate to authenticate
yourself. The site may choose not to give you access without one.' I
clicked 'OK' to dismiss the message, was presented with a password
window, entered my Freenet password, and my mail was sent.

** STEP 5: Hey, you're done! Click the 'OK' button at the lower right
of the 'Mail Server' window to effect your changes. Grab a beverage
and start communicating with the planet!