PCNS Labnotes Apr 2007

Using Spampal with AT&T Yahoo's new SMTP Settings

This section only applies if you use Spampal.org's Spampal to curb spam coming in your username@sbcglobal.net email account.  These instructions are geared for the more tech savvy, so if you get lost call PCNS.  These instructions are based on the instructions in the link below, but the Sane Security page gives you so many options that you may be in a confused trying to figure out what to do.

1. This assumes Spampal is already installed and functioning.  We're assuming Spampal has stopped working after applying the changes AT&T recommends.  AT&T is recommending (soon requiring) the following changes:

Incoming mail server:  pop.att.yahoo.com, use SSL, and use Port 995
Outgoing mail server: smtp.att.yahoo.com, use SSL, and use port 465

This configuration was setup with an installation of AVG Free Edition Anti-Virus 7.5 installed.  The Free Edition has an embedded inbound and outbound email viral message scanner.  If you use other security products (such as Norton or McAfee Internet Security), consult with their support web sites for resolutions.

2. Download Stunnel.  I installed the latest, as of this writing, from:


3.  Run the executable to install it.  In C:\Program Files\Stunnel, open stunnel.conf, and modify the following lines:


accept =
connect = pop.att.yahoo.com:995

accept =
connect = smtp.att.yahoo.com:465

Note we're really not going to use smtps in this configuration, it doesn't hurt anything.  If you want the propeller head explanation, you may use these settings depending if you use transparent or non transparent proxy, based on the instructions from the above Stunnel link.

Configure Stunnel as a service.  Click Start, All Program, Stunnel, Stunnel - install as a Service.  Click Start, Run, type Services.msc, click OK.  Find stunnel, and start the Service.

Open the Spampal interface and select Options, then Connections.  Add the following:

Spampal Connection Options

In Outlook Express, edit your account settings.  BE SURE TO PRINT SCREEN OR MAKE NOTE OF THE ORIGINAL SETTINGS!

Outlook Express Pop Mail Server Settings

In outgoing Mail Server, the checkbox [x] My server requires authentication should be checked.  Click Settings, and set like this, substituting your real email address:

Outlook Express Outgoing Mail Server

Server Settings

Again, make a backup of your screen BEFORE changing anything!

Outlook Express pop changes


Now click Send/Receive in Outlook Express.

A dialog box will pop up, with login credentials.  Enter your usual email name, so the field should be changed from:




If all goes well, AVG 7.5 will start scanning incoming messages, and Spam Pal will start filtering.  If you setup Rules, then your designated Spam Folder should start working.


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