Yahoo Mail is a web-based email service. Web-based email has many advantages over traditional email servers, because it can be accessed from anywhere via a browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. You may prefer to access your Yahoo mail account via an email client, rather than through a browser. This is an optional feature of Yahoo Mail.
Not all versions of Yahoo mail can be accessed via an email client. Basic Yahoo mail is free, but can only be accessed through the Yahoo mail website at http://mail.yahoo.com. In order to use an email client, you’ll need to upgrade to the Yahoo Mail Plus Service.
Yahoo Mail Plus is a yearly subscription service. As of October 2009, it cost $19.95 per year. Yahoo Mail Plus has several improvements over free Yahoo Mail, besides the email client access.
With a Yahoo Mail Plus account, the limit on the size of individual messages is 20 megabytes, instead of 10 megabytes. The number of email filters is also doubled, to 200.
Yahoo Mail Plus has a number of exclusive features. These include the ability to forward your mail to any other email address, to create spam-proof disposable email addresses, and to send messages without any promotional tagging. Additionally, Yahoo Mail Plus accounts never expire, don’t show graphical ads on the Yahoo mail website, and allow for “POP Access.”
POP access is a feature that allows you to send and receive mail using an external email program. Sending mail and receiving mail are two separate tasks that use separate servers.
You receive mail through Yahoo mail’s POP server. POP stands for “Post Office Protocol,” which is a standard for mail servers. Yahoo’s POP server is at plus.pop.mail.yahoo.com. When setting up your mail client, make sure to check the option for SSL, and use port 995.
You send mail through Yahoo mail’s SMTP server. SMTP stands for “Simple Mail Transfer Protocol,” a standard means of sending outgoing mail through a mail server. Yahoo’s SMTP server is at plus.smtp.mail.yahoo.com. You will need to use SSL for outgoing mail; set the outgoing mail transfer port to 465, and make sure to check the box for use of authentication.
For both POP and SMTP, you may be required to supply authentication credentials. Your account name (sometimes referred to as login name) is your Yahoo mail ID; that is, the part of your email address before the “@yahoo.com.” Your email address is your entire email address, including the “@yahoo.com.” Your password will be the same password you use to get into the Yahoo mail web page.