Effective June 12, 2013, email client programs that remotely
connect through UB’s AnyConnect VPN will be required to
authenticate to the UB Central Email server. You may need to
make changes to your email client program's settings.
The UB Central Email server (smtp.buffalo.edu) will not
ordinarily send out your emails unless you have identified yourself
(authenticated) using your UBITName and password. For people using
the AnyConnect VPN to connect remotely to UB Central Email, this
authentication was not required. As of June 12, 2013,
smtp.buffalo.edu will require authentication.
For a number of years, email programs that connected to UB
through an Internet Service Provider such as Time Warner needed to
have username and password authentication enabled to be able to
send emails. People connecting to UB through the AnyConnect
VPN, however, did not need to authenticate to UB’s Central
Email server since it was assumed these connections were trusted.
Unfortunately, hackers have exploited the UB’s AnyConnect VPN
trust assumption to send out phishing emails through UB’s
Central Email server.
To enable authenticated access to the UB Central Email server,
please follow the setup instructions for your email client at the
following UBIT website address:
Specifically, be sure your outgoing server settings are
configured to Use Authentication.
If you have been using your email client from off campus without
going through the AnyConnect VPN, most likely your email client is
already configured properly.
Please direct any questions to the CIT Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org,