What is SSL on iPhone? How to Enable SSL on an iPhone

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Here’s what SSL on an iPhone means and how you can enable it.

Want to know what SSL on an iPhone is? Well, you couldn’t be at a better place. In this post, we will try to give you a clear idea of what SSL means and how you can enable it on your iPhone (and iPad) emails. You might know that SSL stands for ‘Secure Socket Layer.’ Some people also call it TLS (Transport Security Layer) but don’t get confused as both mean almost the same – TLS is what succeeded SSL.

SSL/TLS is a cryptographic protocol that establishes a secure connection between two parties—client and server in this case. Here, ‘secure connection’ means encrypted, authenticated communication between two end-points. Every piece of information that you send and receive from your iPhone email gets encrypted so that your information cannot be stolen or altered by any unauthorized entity. And even if someone somehow manages to get his/her hands on the data, it wouldn’t be of any use as it’s almost impossible to decrypt data protected using 128/256-bit encryption.

So when you want to enable SSL in your iPhone email settings, that is what happens to the emails you send and receive. Sounds good? Want to do it? Let’s get the ball rolling then.

Instructions to Enable SSL for Incoming Emails

  1. First, go to Settings
  1. Tap on Accounts & Passwords (tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars in older iOS versions).

enable ssl on iphone - select accounts & password

  1. Now tap on the account that you want to secure with SSL.
  1. Tap on your email ID.

enable ssl on iphone - select email id

  1. Tap on Advanced.

enable ssl on iphone - click on advance

  1. Slide down the screen and enable SSL. Change the port to 993 for IMAP and 995 for POP.

enable ssl on iphone - server port 993

Instructions to Enable SSL for Outgoing Emails.

  1. First, go to Settings.
  1. Tap on Accounts & Passwords (tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars in older versions of iOS).

enable ssl on iphone - select accounts & password

  1. Now tap on the account that you want to secure with SSL.
  1. Tap on your email ID.

enable ssl on iphone - select email id

  1. Tap on SMTP.

enable ssl on iphone - click smtp server

  1. Turn on Use SSL slider.
  1. Set 465 as the server port.

enable ssl on iphone - server port 465

  1. Tap on Done.

And you’re done! You’ve successfully enabled SSL on your iPhone or iPad. Bravo!

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