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(Do not use this for OS 8 or 9 Netscape email; there are a few
differences. See the separate docs for those versions.  These
instructions work for OS 10.2 and 10.3; don't know about 10.4)

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 on Mac OS X (10.3) *****

** Make a complete back up of your computer. (Okay, don't; but you've
been warned! And when was the last time you did a backup?!) Then
upgrade to the latest version of Netscape for Mac OS X. It's version
7.2. (As I write this, there is a version 8, but only for Windoze.)
v7.2 can be found here:
(Note you'll have to remove the return at the line break in the URL
when you paste the link into your browser, or past the first line then
paste the second line.)

Read the installation instructions; transferring your settings and
existing email is relatively straightforward. After upgrading, the
first time you start Netscape, it will ask your for much of the info
described above. Just enter what you can; we'll make the fine
adjustments later.

If you already have v7.2 and are using Freenet with it, skip to STEP 1
below to reconfigure you settings for WDY Enterprises. If you have more
than one email account, you must decide whether you want to access
more than one email account through your existing Netscape 'Profile'
or create a new Profile for WDY Enterprises. Using the same Profile to
read multiple email accounts is convenient (you don't have to change
Profiles); HOWEVER, *sending* email from different accounts from
within a single Profile is difficult and confusing because Netscape
doesn't allow an easy way to specify the Outgoing SMTP email server
separately for each account. I recommend you establish a new Profile
and relaunch Netscape for each account you want to use. Create a new
Profile by double clicking on the Netscape Profile Manager in the
Netscape folder.

** STEP 1: After you have created a new Profile or to modify an
existing email account within an existing Profile, launch Netscape in
the desired Profile, open the mail and newsgroups facility by typing
command-2 or clicking on the small envelope icon at the lower left of
a browser window, click on Edit in the menubar and drag down to Email
& Newsgroup Account Settings...

On the left of that window should be a list of any email accounts you
have created for this Netscape Profile. Click on the name for your
Freenet account, then click on the flippy triangle to display the sub
menus under the account. There is also an 'Add Account' button if you
need to create a new account for Freenet from this window.

With the name of your Freenet account selected you should see a window
on the right titled 'Account Settings'. Make any changes necessary to
'Account Name', 'Your Name', and 'Email Address'.

** STEP 2: Click on 'Server Setting' directly under the name of your
Freenet account in the left of the window. In the new window 'Server
Settings', confirm that the server type is POP, the server name is
'', the user name is correct, and the Port is 995 (not
110). Make sure the checkbox for 'Use secure connection (SSL)' is
checked.  wdyllc: 'This option helps to protects your username,
password, and e-mail messages from being captured or viewed by others
as it travels across the Internet.' DO NOT CHECK the box for 'Use
secure authentication'; your connection WON'T work with this feature
turned on.

Mark 'Check for mail at startup' if you like. I do not recommend
checking for mail automatically if you have more than one account; too
easy to get confused.  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.'

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 consolidate.

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.

Set 'Empty Trash on Exit' as you want.

** STEP 3: In the left part of the window, click on Copies, & Folder,
Addressing, Disk Space, Return Receipts, and Security in turn to
select the settings you prefer.

** STEP 4: In the left part of the window, scroll down below your
Freenet account name until you see the entry 'Outgoing Server (SMTP)'
and click on it. Make sure the server name is, the Port is
587, 'Use name and password' is checked, the user name is correct, and
'Use secure connection' is set to 'TLS'.

You're familiar with entering a password the first time you check for
new mail after opening Netscape. Be aware that because 'Use name and
password' is checked here, you will also have to enter the same
password the first time you send mail. This security feature protects
you as well as prevents a spammer from seizing the outgoing mail
server for a spam attack.

Now click the Advanced button and read the note about using multiple
SMTP servers. To *send* email from different accounts within a single
Netscape Profile, you have to *manually* switch the SMTP server. Of
course you won't remember where you left the SMTP setting, so you
won't know what account sent your email. I strongly recommend a
separate Profile if you want to send mail from more than one account.

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