BTInet Email on Outlook 2010


Outlook 2010 can be setup with IMAP using ( or POP using (

  •       The incoming IMAP server is using port 143
  •       The incoming POP server is using port 110
  •       The outgoing server SMTP is using port 587

To edit these settings Start Outlook 2010 and select File from the ribbon (upper left), select Info from the side panel, then select Account settings. This will open up a dialogue box similar to the one pictured below.




Select your BTInet account (usually has Default in the Type field) and select change. This will bring you to another dialogue box similar to the one below.


Your name

Enter your name as you wish it to appear in emails you send. Typically your name or the use of the email address
E-mail Address This is the Email address that BTInet has provided you.
Incoming Mail Server Enter if the account type is POP or if the account type is IMAP
Outgoing Mail Server Enter
Username This is your email address again
Password This is the email password
Remember Password

Check this box if you want Outlook to remember your password.



Once you have confirmed these settings we need to configure the option More Settings. Under More Settings, under Outgoing Server, make sure the “My outgoing server requires authentication” is checked and that “use same settings as my incoming mail server is selected”.



Under the Advanced Tab we want to make sure that the Outgoing Server number is 587 and that the option “This server requires an encrypted connection” is either TLS or SSL (In the rare case that one of these encryptions types does not work please try using them with port 465).



From here we can click OK and select Finish.


If you have any questions – please feel free to contact our office.






BTInet Fixed Wireless Internet

You may or may not have heard of rumors going around that BTInet is quitting their Wireless internet service and going out of business. I am happy to say that we are not going out of business.  However – we are cancelling our wirelesstowerWireless Internet service.  With that being said, if you are a BTInet Wireless Internet customer, you will or should have received a letter from us.  If you have not received a letter and you are a customer of ours, please give our office a call.

Why are we cancelling our Fixed Wireless Internet?  As times change, we have seen increased competition from other access provider.  We are now focusing our efforts more on our managed hosting services.    Check out our options at

Remember – We will continue to provide your email address for you even after this change.  Please give our customer representative a call at 701.557.5151 to discuss your pricing options with you.

Watch your social media posts!

social-media-insuranceWith summer vacation here and the 4th of July just around the corner, we need to remember what to NOT put on social media sites.

Cybercriminals are using social media to search out burglary opportunities. These thieves watch for information about upcoming or current vacations and time their crimes for when homes will be empty. When users of Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, and other social media sites post when they will be (or are) out-of-town, they run the risk of unknowingly making their homes prime targets for burglary.
Thieves get this information in several ways:

Facebook: Your status reads “Can’t wait for Monday, starting week-long trip to the Caribbean.” If you haven’t adjusted your privacy settings, this information can be seen by all of your Facebook friends. But beware that even if your privacy settings are secure, people who can see it may decide to “share” or pass on the information to others who might be disreputable.

Twitter: Anyone can “follow” you without your permission so you have no control over “who sees what” as you do on Facebook. A tweet like, “Stopping in Omaha on our long drive to Denver” lets everyone know you are not at home.

Foursquare: This application is meant to let people know where you are. If you live in Boise and you have checked in at a restaurant in San Francisco, that’s a huge tip-off to anyone who wants to get into your home without you there. And foursquare is doubly dangerous because you have the option of sharing your activity on Facebook or Twitter.

To protect you, post as little as possible about your vacation plans, and ask others not to talk about trips before they happen or while in progress. Remember, you can tell everyone about your vacation when you return. If you’re simply too excited to not post your plans on Facebook, be sure your privacy settings are secure. To do this, in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook home page, click Account and select Privacy Settings. Then click the Customize Settings link, which will take you to a page where you can specify what others see.

Create a Valid, Memorable and Secure Password


It seems that every little site on the internet needs a password.  I would guess that many of you have the same password for everything, or at least a couple of the same passwords.

We have all heard people tell you not to do silly things like making “1 2 3 4” your combination for a lock.  You may have received a generic password of the word “password” to log onto your new email or new domain.  However when you see “generic” you should log in and the first thing you should do is find out where to change that password at.    We all have the tendency to create simpler passwords that we can remember.

The process of creating a valid, memorable and secure password is:

  1. Start with a series of words or phrases which have a meaning to you — A quote in a movie, song lyric, title of your favorite book series, etc.
  2. Set up your phrase. To do this, you remove punctuation and spaces, and you replace a letter in the phrase with a special character. You are to create a template of alterations to any string which only take minimal thought from you.  Letters become numbers or characters that resemble the letter: An “o” becomes a “0,” “e” becomes a “3,” an “a” becomes a “@,” etc.
  3. Now you have a password but you are not done yet. If someone were to find out your cipher and personal phrase, they may be able to figure out your password.  The goal is to create a password between 15-25 characters and be prepared to make cuts when necessary.  Here at BTInet we suggest your password to be 8 or more characters long.
  4. A good practice is to cut out the beginning or ending of a word.
  5. When you combine the shortened password with substitutions, the last trick we want to incorporate is using our Shift key. An “e” might be a “3″ but if we use the Shift key, the “e” becomes a “#” (Shift+”3″),

The idea is that when you are “locking” your accounts with a password, you should not need the most complicated password ever created.

If you need a password quickly and cannot think of anything, check out the online password generator.  You will more than likely not remember this password but it is better than the generic “password”,

Also please remember to not leave your passwords easily assessable for people to take.  Put them on paper in a save, have a secure password place.

New Ipad for Christmas?

ipad4Did you get a new ipad or device for Christmas?  Exciting!!!  Now let’s get your email all set up on it.

Follow our easy setup instructions and you will be ready to use your new ipad or device.   If you still have questions, please feel free to call our helpdesk at 701.557.5117.


To set up e-mail using IMAP:

  • Tap on Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account.  Tap on Other and then Add Mail Account.
  • Enter your information
    • Name
    • Address
    • Password
  • Description (e.g. Work Account, Home)
  • SAVE



NOTE:  If IMAP is not selected, tap the IMAP button.

Check your connection by using Safari to open a web page. If you are connecting with Wi-Fi, note that many public Wi-Fi networks require users to sign in to use the service.

To turn off Wi-Fi:  Tap Settings > Wi-Fi.



Incoming Mail Server and Outgoing Mail Server Information:

  • Host Name
  • User Name (this is your e-mail address)
  • Password



Tap Save and the device will verify the setting and return to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen.


Online Holiday Shopping Tips

BTInet’s Online Holiday Shopping Safety Tips:online-shopping-tips

  1. Look for the seals of BBBOnline &/or TRUSTe
  2. Shop well-known sites
  3. Keep your Web browser updated
  4. Read the Fine Print & Privacy Policy
  5. Use a Credit Card & Safeguard your password
  6. Ignore pop-up messages
  7. Secure your transactions*
  8. Keep records of your purchases
  9. And don’t forget to get the BEST deal out there!

*you will see a small padlock in the address bar or on the lower right corner of the window.

WARNING: Your password has been detected as being weak.


Have you seen this warning after logging into your WebMail? You are probably wondering, is this legit?  Yes it is.

We all know how passwords can be annoying.  It seems to be that you need a password or PIN everywhere.  So many that you can’t keep track of them all. We either forget to update them or when we do we can’t seem to remember what we had changed them to.

While we find them annoying and even take them for granted, it is important to remember why passwords are important.  Remember, passwords ARE the first defense against intrusion.  They protect your personal information such as financial information, health data, private documents and etc.

Here at BTInet we encourage you to have a strong password for your protection.  With that being said, we can only accept passwords that are a minimum of 8 characters long.  If your current password does NOT meet that, you will see the message in red as shown in the picture above.


Here are a couple steps to take when creating a strong password:

Length – eight or more characters

Complexity – include letters, punctuation, symbols and numbers.

Variation – to keep strong passwords effective, change them often.  Set an automatic reminder for yourself.

Variety – don’t use the same password for everything.

Questions or concerns about your password?  Give us a call today.