Friday, August 20, 2010


Easy steps to enable direct access from iPhone to an IMAP-enabled mail solution

  • Friday, August 20, 2010
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  • IMAP is a feature on Iphone and with his support iPhone can integrate with any mail server environment. Lets have a look at how the technology really works..

    If the server supports IMAP and is configured to require user authentication and SSL, iPhone provides a highly secure, standards-based approach to email deployment. In a typical deployment, iPhone establishes direct access to an IMAP-enabled server over port 993 and access to SMTP servers over port 587. These servers can be located within a DMZ sub network, behind a corporate firewall, or both. With SSL, iPhone supports 128-bit encryption and X.509 root certificates issued by the major certificate authorities. IPhone also supports strong authentication methods including industry-standard MD5 Challenge-Response and NTLMv2.

    Now let’s check out the Set up

    IMAP Network Setup:

    The IT or network administrator will need to complete these key steps to enable direct access from iPhone to an IMAP-enabled mail solution:

    • Open port 993 to allow email to be received through the firewall. The proxy server must be set to IMAP over SSL. SSL ensures that mail is securely encrypted during wireless transmission.

    • As a best practice and for additional security protection, install a digital certificate on the server from a trusted certificate authority (CA) such as VeriSign. Installing a certificate from a CA is an important step in ensuring that your proxy server is a trusted entity within your corporate infrastructure.

    • Port 587, 465, or 25 must be opened to allow email to be sent from iPhone. iPhone automatically checks for port 587, then 465, and then 25. Port 587 is the most reliable secure port, because it requires user authentication. Port 25 is considered the least secure because it’s been around the longest and is subject to more attacks by hackers.

    It’s also the port that some ISPs block by default to prevent spam .

    1 Responses to “Easy steps to enable direct access from iPhone to an IMAP-enabled mail solution”

    Anonymous said...
    5:52 AM

    It is amazing what the iphone can do. There are so many capabilities of it.

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