Kmail setup

Open up Kontact or Kmail. If it is the first time then the Account Assistant will automatically open to help setup an email account.

Fill in the name you want to use, your email address and the password for the address. If it is a common provider then the settings will be automatically inserted an you can select Add Account.

The next screen will give you the option of securing your mail by generating a GnuPGP key. Choose a strong password and go through the steps although if you don’t want your email address publicly posted do not keep the Publish this key on a public server box ticked.

Selecting Next will complete the wizard and you can select Finish to close it and view Kmail.

To add another account the account assistant can be reached by selecting Add Account under the settings menu.

That is pretty much it for a normal account, although if you are using Gmail it can be a bit of a pain. Stop using Gmail!

Posteo setup for Kmail

Stop using Gmail isn’t just something I say. I use Posteo which is a German environmentally and security friendly provider that costs me €12 per year.

  • 2 GB email account, upgradeable
  • Fetched by IMAP/POP3, 50 MB attachments
  • Calendar and address book (synchronisable)
  • 100% green electricity from Greenpeace Energy
  • All saved data can be encrypted at the click of a button
  • Comprehensive encryption
  • Two-factor authentication (TOTP) available
  • Ad-free website, ad-free email account
  • Sign up without entering personal details
  • Pay anonymously by bank transfer, cash or PayPal
  • Personal support at no additional charge

And no, I am not paid to plug them. You could also go with Protonmail but that seems more expensive to me and not as easy to use.

Posteo setup for Kmail is quite easy as the parameters are in the Account Wizard so you can use the process above but you can also do it manually if you so wish using these settings.

Server name:posteo.de
Username:yourusername@posteo.net
Password: Your personal password

Important: The connection to Posteo is always encrypted (STARTTLS, TLS or SSL).

The outgoing mail server (SMTP) requires authentication.

In case your email client asks: The password will be checked “normal” or “plain”. The password can also be transmitted unencrypted, because it is requested over a connection that is already encrypted.

The port settings depend upon the type of encryption:

Outgoing mail server (SMTP):
With STARTTLS using port 587, or
with SSL/TLS encryption using port 465

Incoming mail server (IMAP):
With STARTTLS using port 143, or
with SSL/TLS encryption using port 993

Incoming mail server (POP3):
With STARTTLS using port 110, or
with SSL/TLS encryption using port 995

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