26 June 2020
Setting email up under Mac OS 9 and earlier has become much more difficult with modern security standards, however it is still possible. To setup an email account you will need your own domain name, email host, and an SMTP delivery service.
A domain name is a reference pointer that is typically attached to a website. As an example, 'example.com' is a domain name. In this guide you will need to purchase a domain name which typically cost between $10-$30/year. If you don't need a .com domain you can get free domains from Freenom. For the purposes of this guide It is not necessary to connect your domain to a website. It's not needed but you can point your domain name to a website at any time in the future if needed.
A domain name can be registered at a domain registrar such as Namecheap or Freenom.
You will also need to use an email hosting service. An email host is a service that lets you create an email account (email@example.com), stores your emails on their servers and sends your emails to other addresses.
I have chosen to use MXRoute because it's one of the cheaper email hosting options, it's easy to use, and they provide excellent service and support. The beginner plan costs $30USD/year which lets you use an unlimited number of domain names, and offers 10GB storage. They also offer a lifetime plan with a one-off payment option.
SMTP is the protocol used for sending an email to another email address. MXRoute and most other email hosts use servers that enforce strict security protocols for SMTP (sending emails) on their servers. This means that you will be able to receive emails, but not send them because Outlook Express doesn't understand the newer security protocols.
SMTP2Go are and excellent choice to work around this issue and can handle all of the outgoing messages for your email account.
Note: If you're going to use email under Mac OS 9 you must be aware that all email transmissions are insecure. There is currently no way to implement modern security protocols with this system.
"v=DKIM1; k=rsa; p=SBGOSEOBUGSIH#@&TGHKSKJBEILF......"
After completing the above you can now set up the email account in Outlook Express.
This guide was checked and updated on 28th March 2023