Understanding SMTP Authentication
SMTP stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol -- this is the protocol pairLite uses for sending your e-mail messages via our e-mail servers.
SMTP Authentication, or SMTP Auth, is a way for our e-mail servers to verify the identity of an e-mail sender (so junk e-mailers can't use our e-mail servers).
pairLite requires the use of SMTP Authentication when you send e-mail through pairLite e-mail servers. You do not have to set up SMTP Authentication if you only use pairLite Webmail (https://webmail.pairlite.com/) - the pairLite Webmail system handles sending e-mail directly.
Most newer e-mail programs, going back as far as Outlook 98, support this feature. Additionally, we suggest that you use Transport Layer Security (TLS) if your e-mail program supports TLS. TLS encrypts your connection and protects your password.
E-mail programs refer to SMTP Authentication and TLS in different ways (unfortunately) and handle enabling SMTP Authentication and TLS in different ways. Please refer to your e-mail program's Help files for specific configuration information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.