Generic Setup

Here’s how email apps function:

  • Email apps read your emails using IMAP.
  • Email apps send your emails using SMTP.

PhishViewer changes the way your emails are read. It doesn’t change the way that emails are sent. Therefore, you will point your email app’s IMAP to PhishViewer, and you will continue using the same SMTP settings as before.

In other words, if you are using Gmail, you will point your app’s IMAP to PhishViewer (so that PhishViewer, but you will still use Gmail’s SMTP settings to send emails directly through Gmail’s servers.

To connect to public email (such as Google, Yahoo, and AOL) you must use a third-party email app (not the ones made by your email provider). The apps made by your email provider will automatically change your IMAP settings to point directly to their email servers (instead of pointing to PhishViewer).

Even some third-party apps may try to point your IMAP directly to Google, Yahoo, etc. If they do, please see the trick below that works on almost all third-party email apps.

Since you will not be using your traditional IMAP server, you will need to choose Advanced, Custom or Manual settings. In other words, you need to choose the option that let’s you manually enter in your IMAP and SMTP server settings.

For IMAP, you will use the following settings:

  • Server:
  • Port: 993
  • Protocol: ssl

Everything else remains the same. You use your traditional username, password, and SMTP Server settings.

That’s it. You are now protected by PhishViewer.


If your third-party app is overriding your IMAP decisions, here’s a trick that works in almost every third-party app.

Your app treats your IMAP and SMTP settings as being separate from your account settings. Therefore, make up your own email account name, and then use the IMAP/SMTP instructions above.

For example, let’s say that your email address is, and your third-party app overrides your custom settings. In this case, setup an account for any name of your choice (such as Then use your actual email address ( for your username for IMAP and SMTP. In other words, your settings would be:

Account Password[password for]
IMAP Password [password for]
IMAP (Incoming Server)
IMAP Port993
SMTP Password [password for]
SMTP (Outgoing Server)
SMTP Port465
SMTP ProtocolSSL