Simple Steps to Quickly Set Up and Use Mozilla’s Firefox Accounts

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Mozilla Firefox accounts, often called as Mozilla Thunderbird accounts, are developed by the Mozilla Foundation and it offers a free platform for emails, news, and chats. The strategy of offering free online accounts came a bit later, while the initial attempts of the company stood back at creating a web browser for the Internet. The first version was released on December 7, 2004 and according to the company’s data, it received more than 500,000 downloads in its first three days and crossed 1,000,000 in the initial 10 days.

The company has offered support for all the major operating systems (OS) ranging from Windows and Linux to Apple Mac OS, which are running on both 64-bit and 32-bit architecture. By setting up a Firefox account, you can easily take advantage of its various components which include email, newsgroup, news feed, and chat (XMPP, IRC, and Twitter) client. The prior versions do not carry a Personal Information Manager (PIM) but all the successors after vanilla version carry PIM functionality either in an incorporated form or as an extension. The company is known for providing enterprise and government-grade security features hence, the accounts are safeguarded using SSL/TLS connections to IMAP and SMTP servers.

In this article, you’ll get to know about the various steps that will help you in setting up a Mozilla Thunderbird account:

Once you’ve decided to configure Mozilla email account on your device, you just need to choose the ‘Thunderbird’ option as it is capable of performing the configuration task automatically. Many popular email clients are enlisted on the automatic configuration database, but in case the one you’re using is not there, then choose to do it manually. Your email service providers may also have a non-standard email configuration that restricts the program to obtain automatic settings in Thunderbird.

Read the below mentioned steps to adjust the basic settings, which will allow you to send and receive emails:

Step1. Open the ‘Account Settings’ in the Thunderbird window by going to the ‘Tools’ section.

Step2. Look on the left side of the ‘Account Settings’ dialog box and you’ll be able to see each email or newsgroup account that has automatically been configured by Thunderbird. The content of these accounts will be displayed in the top-level folders located in the ‘All Folders’ list.

Step3. Now, click on the ‘Account Actions’ button and select ‘Add Mail Account’ from the available options.

Step4. Enter your email account, personal, and other required details and press ‘Continue’ button, once finished. Thunderbird will determine your account settings based on the domain of your email address and will then try to connect you to the same.

Step5. Press the ‘Stop’ button in midway and then edit the server names, port and IMAP/POP. Click on the ‘Manual Configuration’ button and your Thunderbird account will be set manually as per the edits made by you.

Step-by-step guide to configure the outgoing server

It is very essential to create a separate SMTP server to ensure that multiple email accounts can easily operate through the same outgoing SMTP server.

Here’s how to set it:

Step1. Go to the ‘Account Settings’ dialog box and select the ‘Outgoing Server’ (SMTP) from the bottom of the left pane.

Step2. After making the choice in the available options, you will be able to see an entry that was created when you entered your account details. You can either edit that entry or add an altogether new entry to the list for describing the exact configuration of the required server. The following are the mandatory fields that you are required to fill:

  • Server Name: smtp.gmail.com
  • Port: 587
  • Username and Password: checked
  • Username: Type in your username without ‘@com’ extension and if you’re using Google Apps for Domains, then use your entire email address.
  • Connection Security: STARTTLS

Step3. Once you’ve saved all the information about the new outgoing server then select your new email account from the available list. Select the ‘SMTP’ server from the drop-down list available in the ‘Outgoing Server’ (SMTP) field. Other items on the page were automatically created when you entered the account details.

Step4. Now, click on the ‘Server Settings’ option located under your new account and ensure that the entries correspond to the settings you’ve received from your email service provider:

Step5. If you have completed all the required fields and saved these changes, then you should be able to send and receive emails from your Thunderbird account. Additionally, you can also look for other aspects of account configuration that are optional and self-explanatory.

Holding a Mozilla Firefox account is an added advantage for each user as it can cater to your various requirements associated with email, newsgroup, news feed, and chat (XMPP, IRC, and Twitter) clients. The company has also released various extensions in the recent past to make its account more productive and acclaimed by huge number of users. Options such as quick search, message filtering, saved search folders, advanced message grouping, and labels helps you manage and find messages with optimal ease and limited time-frame. So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t created one, then switch on your PC and configure it right away!

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This article was published on 2014/05/09