The Hampshire IT department recommends and deploys Mozilla Thunderbird, a graphical email client. This decision was made for a number of reasons, the most important of which are:
- free and open-source
- excellent spam filtering built in
- ability to check multiple mail accounts
- ability to use SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and SMTP authentication, allowing you to send mail from anywhere in the world without changing your settings
- runs on OSX, Windows, and GNU/Linux, among others.