The following is far more technical information than most folks want to know about, but it details the various ways that we can set up the SchoolDesk Student-Safe email to authenticate your users.
Active Directory/Windows Authentication
Our Integrated Authentication process allows you to use Active Directory/Windows Authentication as well as built-in authentication process. It also allows you to have mailboxes created automatically as users successfully authenticate using their Windows Credentials.
Usually passwords are sent in clear text over the network. This means that the data stream can be intercepted and read, however, APOP encrypts the password before it sends it and this changes every time the user logs on - so even if the encrypted password is intercepted by a third party, it cannot be used to log-on.
CRAM MD5 Authentication
CRAM-MD5 is a challenge-response algorithm based on HMAC-MD5.
POP Before SMTP Authentication
Requires users to access their mailbox first before being authenticated to send messages through our email system. This process means that users have to be verified before being able to access the mail server to send. This is provided as an alternative to users whose email clients do not support SMTP authentication.
Secure Password Authentication (NTLM Support)
Mail users with Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express can select the option to use Secure Password Authentication when authenticating against the SchoolDesk Email Server. This effectively provides a higher level of password encryption when clients authenticate against our systems.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support for SMTP, POP and IMAP Protocols
Our enterprise-level email solution even allows users to connect to the server over SSL, ensuring that mail communications between the mail client and SchoolDesk are always encrypted and secured. Some additional configurations need to be worked out for this special request item, but like everything else at SchoolDesk, there is no additional charge for it.
SMTP authentication allows users outside of a domain to use that domain as their SMTP server when sending mail. SMTP Authentication requires that users log in with a valid username and password for that domain before sending mail. SMTP authentication prevents people relaying through the server to send spam.