Using TLS 1.2 with IMAP

By default most systems allow SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, 1.2 and 1.2 to be used.

TLS 1.2 is the most secure version of SSL/TLS protocols. It is easy to force the connection to use it. All you need to do is to set Ftp.SSLConfiguration.EnabledSslProtocols property to SslProtocols.Tls12:

// C#

using (Imap imap = new Imap())
{
    imap.SSLConfiguration.EnabledSslProtocols = SslProtocols.Tls12;

    imap.ConnectSSL("imap.example.com");

    imap.UseBestLogin("user","password");

    // ... 

    imap.Close();
}
' VB.NET

Using imap As New Imap()
	imap.SSLConfiguration.EnabledSslProtocols = SslProtocols.Tls12

	imap.ConnectSSL("imap.example.com")

	imap.UseBestLogin("user@example.com", "password")

	'...

	imap.Close()
End Using

For explicit SSL/TLS, code is almost the same. You first connect to non-secure port and secure the connection using Imap.StartTLS command:

// C#

using (Imap imap= new Imap())
{
    imap.SSLConfiguration.EnabledSslProtocols = SslProtocols.Tls12;

    imap.Connect("imap.example.com");
    imap.StartTLS();

    imap.UseBestLogin("user@example.com","password");

    // ... 
    
    imap.Close();
}
' VB.NET

Using imap As New Imap()
	imap.SSLConfiguration.EnabledSslProtocols = SslProtocols.Tls12

	imap.Connect("imap.example.com")
	imap.StartTLS()

	imap.UseBestLogin("user@example.com", "password")

	'...

	imap.Close()
End Using

To use TLS 1.2 .NET Framework 4.5+ must be installed on your machine and you application should target .NET 4.5+.

It is possible to use TLS 1.2 in applications targeting .NET <4.5, but 4.5 must be installed on the machine. After you have .NET 4.5 installed, your 2.0-4.0 apps will use the 4.5 System.dll and you can enable TLS 1.2 using this code: [csharp] imap.SSLConfiguration.EnabledSslProtocols = (SecurityProtocolType)3072; [/csharp]

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