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Email Security Warning When Using SSL

Due to the Heartbleed bug we have changed the SSL certificates used on our shared and reseller servers. If you used the mail (e.g. subdomain when configuring your email client, because the certificates have changed, you will see a notification prompting you to accept or trust the certificate; just like when you setup your email client. Your Email Client (Mail, Outlook, Thunderbird, ect. ) will show you an error similar to:

"The server you are connected to is using a security certificate that could not be verified. A certificate chain processed, but terminated in a root certificate which is not trusted by the trust provider. Do you want to continue using this server?"

There are two ways to resolve the issue, you will either need to trust the SSL Certificate or use the servers hostname as your server, e.g.

Below are the instructions on how to change the settings for the most frequently affected email clients.

Mail on OS X

  1. When prompted to review the certificate, click the Show Certificate button.
  2. Check the checkbox to Always trust * when connecting to
  3. Click the Continue button to accept the new SSL certificate.

Once done you should be able to continue using the SSL Certificate without any problems for any email account on this computer using the email servers.

For more information please see Apple's article:

Microsoft Outlook

  1. From the File menu, choose Account Settings.
  2. Double click your account, or click the account once and then click, Change.
  3. Change your Incoming mail server and your Outgoing mail server (SMTP) to
  4. Click the Next button to test the new settings.
  5. Once the settings test successfully, click the Close button.
  6. Click Finish to complete the changes.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. From the Menu Bar, choose Tools, then Options(On a Mac choose Preferences, from the Thunderbird menu.)
  2. Choose the Advanced panel.
  3. Then click the Certificates tab.
  4. Click View Certificates, then choose the Servers tab.
  5. Click the Add Exception button.
  6. Enter your server name followed by the port number, e.g.

For more information please see Mozilla's article:

Knowledgebase Article 89,512 views bookmark tags: certificate email secure warning (updated 540 days ago)

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