The Runbox Outlook 2010 Connection: Offshore Email Hosting for Enhanced Privacy
Since you are reading this, you probably already understand the benefits of an offshore email account and how a Runbox Outlook 2010 connection can give you greater email privacy. If not, you can get caught up with this post, “Offshore Email for Enhanced Email Privacy” at http://IWantMyEmail.com
Creating a Runbox Outlook 2010 connection like this will make your life easier, since it lets you work with your offshore email account in the familiar Outlook interface. And because Runbox supports secure SSL connections, your messages remain protected as they travel the networks between wherever you are and the Runbox servers in Norway.
With all that out of the way, we’re almost ready to start making the connection. But first, we need to address two issues:
- Do you have a Runbox account yet?
- Do you want a POP3 or an IMAP connection?
The first issue is simple. If you need to create a Runbox account, you’ll find detailed instructions for doing so in this post: Creating a Runbox.com Account. The link opens a new browser window with the instructions you need, so return here when you are done setting up the account by simply closing that window.
The second issue requires a little thought. Each approach has benefits and drawbacks. POP3 first…
With a POP3 connection, Outlook downloads a copy of each message from the Runbox servers to the Outlook Inbox, then deletes it from the Runbox server. Because these messages are treated like any other message in the Outlook Inbox, you have all of Outlook 2010’s tools at your disposal when you work with them. In addition, some privacy experts suggest that you never leave copies of messages on anyone’s email server, no matter how secure and private it might be.
On the other hand, when you use a POP3 connection, once Outlook copies them, you no longer have access to your messages through the Runbox web interface. If you need access to your offshore email account when you are away from your usual computer, this can be a big problem.
With an IMAP connection, Outlook creates a set of folders that corresponds to your folders on the Runbox servers, and synchronizes messages between them. You have work with your mail using either Outlook or the Runbox web interface. If you are need access when you are away from your regular computer, this is a very powerful benefit. And if you are like me, wanting to use multiple devices with the same email account, IMAP is a necessity since it can synchronize your mail between all of them.
On the negative side, when you use IMAP your messages don’t end up in the Outlook Inbox. They end up in their own set of folders in Outlook. Some of Outlook’s features (such as the full range of categories), aren’t available because they aren’t supported by the IMAP standard. And finally, there is the fact that copies of your messages still reside on the Runbox servers, which some security experts think you should avoid.
I personally use the IMAP interface so I can sync my mail between multiple email clients, but I’ve included links to instructions for either approach, so you can choose for yourself.
Configuring Your Runbox Outlook 2010 Offshore Email Connection
Please click the link below that corresponds to the kind of connection you want to make between Runbox and Outlook 2010. They’ll take you to the appropriate instructions for getting it done. And don’t be worried that there are a lot of steps shown. I believe in breaking the instructions down as much as possible, going on the assumption that you are a normal person who wants to set this up, not some kind of tech geek who configures email services for a living. Ready? Let’s do this.
From here you can:
Return to the top of this Runbox Outlook page.
Go to the main Outlook 2010 email accounts page.
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