I can’t see the SecureMyEmail Menu in Thunderbird.

In general, the top Menu options that contain “SecureMyEmail”  are only displayed when you have the Inbox window highlighted, active, or “up front.” We realize this is a bit of a pain, but how it had to be done.

It should look something like this:

In Windows, sometimes the Menu Bar is not displayed at all by default so you can’t see “SecureMyEmail” (or much of anything else!) Easy fix. Right click the title bar in Thunderbird, and make sure you have the Menu Bar option checked.

How do I set up SecureMyEmail Software for Windows and Mac?

Go to https://www.securemyemail.com/downloads and download the SecureMyEmail for Windows or Mac software.

The file will be downloaded to wherever on your computer you download files from the internet. You might drag it to your desktop for easier handling.

Double click on it to install SecureMyEmail.

Launch SecureMyEmail. A browser window should open (although SecureMyEmail, niftily, creates a mail server on your actual computer…actual webmail can be very insecure!).

Click on the  New User/Create an Account section.

Fill in your info and keep going. It should be quite intuitive. The only speed bump might be getting the correct settings for your email provider although this is usually achieved (if your provider is not one of our automated choices) by doing a web search on your mail provider’s name and “IMAP” or “IMAP Settings.”

If you get stuck, please email info@securemyemail.com with your email address and we’ll see how we can help.

Once SecureMyEmail successfully connects to your mail provider, you will be dropped into your new encrypted INBOX. Your folders associated with this email address should also be downloaded on the left. If you have a great deal of email, this can take a little bit to complete.

From there, click on “Add Secure Contact” to begin inviting friends and colleagues with which to exchange encrypted email. Once they join, they’ll automatically be added to your Secure Contact List and we’ll handle the rest.

I am a Thunderbird User. How do I install SecureMyEmail Plugin/Add-on in Thunderbird?

Go to Downloads Section on our Website and download the Thunderbird Plugin for Windows or Mac.

The file will be downloaded to wherever your browser normally saves files downloaded from the Internet. (Typically a folder simply named “Downloads“). The file will be called something like SecureMyEmail.xpi.

You might drag it to your desktop for easier handling. If you are asked to replace a previous one, you may go ahead and do that.

Open Thunderbird and click the Inbox window so it’s the active window.

On Windows, click on the Thunderbird menu in the top-right screen and select Add-ons. On a Mac, from the menu bar, choose Tools >> Add-ons.

A tab named Add-ons Manager should appear.


Click the “cog” button at top and select Install Add-on From File…


Choose the SecureMyEmail.xpi file you just downloaded from the list and click Open.

When prompted, click Install Now.

SecureMyEmail will be installed when you restart Thunderbird.

Click on the Inbox window so it’s the active window and you should now see SecureMyEmail in the menu at the top of your screen.

Click on SecureMyEmail in menu and choose Create Account.


From there, just follow the steps and it should be pretty easy. Remember you can only encrypt email to those you invite through the software (and they accept) and are on your Contacts list. You have to highlight Inbox to have SecureMyEmail menu appear. When you’re all set up, Click on SecureMyEmail menu and choose Settings and you can set everything up as you like if our default settings aren’t to your liking.

Where do I find my email settings for my mail provider?

With only your email username and password, SecureMyEmail should auto-configure Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, and with differing degrees, other email providers.

If you need to input manual settings, SecureMyEmail supports what is called IMAP. Among other things, IMAP allows your email to be sync’ed across your devices.

An internet search on your email provider’s name and “IMAP settings” (or something like that) and/or looking at the settings on another device you already have your email running on should provide you with the settings to input into SecureMyEmail.

Still no luck? Here are some things to check (be sure to click NEXT/SAVE after changing settings to have SecureMyEmail try again):

  • Check your username (it’s usually your full email address, but not always).
  • Some providers require what’s called an “application level” password, which may be different than your usual mail password.
  • Try changing your “Security Type” to an option that includes “Accept all certificates.”
  • Try sliding “OAuth” to on position. If your provider supports this, it should trigger a window to input your password. Again, this may be am “application level password” you’ll need to create with your email provider.

Again, remember to click NEXT/SAVE before attempting to connect if you change settings.

Lastly, PLEASE post to the SecureMyEmail forums if you discover some magic trick with a particular email provider (or, email info@securemyemail.com). They don’t always do the best job of keeping settings up to date. 😉

How to Encrypt Yahoo Mail with SecureMyEmail

1. Log into your @Yahoo account.

2. From the menu in the upper right corner of the screen, choose “Account Info”

3. Next choose “Account security” tab, then find “Allow apps that use less secure sign in” and move the slider to the right so this is enabled.

To be clear, SecureMyEmail supports something called Oauth, which is the most secure sign up method available. For some reason, Yahoo is not supporting this with other mail clients, although Google and Microsoft do.  😉 Logging into SecureMyEmail will still be encrypted and safe and the second Yahoo provides us their Oauth info, we’ll enable it.

4. You will receive a charming email from Yahoo, like the one below, when you enable this feature:

5. You should now be good to go to set up your Yahoo Mail with SecureMyEmail. You can also access Yahoo’s Help page at https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN4075.html.

IMAP server settings for Yahoo Mail

Incoming Mail Server
Account = your full Yahoo Mail email address
Password = your Yahoo Mail password
Server Type = IMAP
Incoming Server = imap.mail.yahoo.com
Security Type = SSL/TLS
Port = 993
Outgoing Mail Server
Account = your full Yahoo Mail email address
Password = your Yahoo Mail password
Server Type = SMTP
Incoming Server = smtp.mail.yahoo.com
Security Type = SSL/TLS
Port = 465 or 587

How to Encrypt Apple iCloud Email with SecureMyEmail?

IMAP server settings for iCloud email

Here is a link to Apple’s own page for iCloud IMAP settings, and below are settings that we tested ourselves that worked.
Incoming Mail Server:
Account = full email address
Server Type = imap
Incoming Server = imap.mail.me.com
Security Type = SSL/TLS
Port = 993
Outgoing Mail Server:
Account = full email address
Password = use same app-specific password you generated above
Server Type = smtp
Outgoing Server = smtp.mail.me.com
Security Type = SSL/TLS
Port = 587