"Mail can't verify the identity of" error
Email Client: Mac Mail
Error Message:

Mail can't verify the identity of "mail.domain.com".

The certificate for this server is invalid. You might be connecting to a server that is pretending to be "mail.domain.com" which could put your confidential information at risk. Do you want to connect to the server anyway?



When Mac Mail connects to your server, it by default attempts to connect using a SSL connection. On shared servers, the SSL certificate will look similar to secure108.inmotionhosting.com. Mac mail is throwing an error because it is not seeing a SSL certificate for "mail.YourDomain.com", and instead it is seeing the secure108.inmotionhosting.com certificate. This is common, and it is safe to ignore. Click "Connect" to ignore this message and continue.

To verify it is an inmotionhosting.com certificate, click "Show Certificate", and you should see it listed.


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n/a Points
2014-06-10 12:22 pm

This message was helpful in that it gave me some clues to figuring out how to stop getting the error.  The setting for the email were off in that the SSL and ports needed to be changed.

13,760 Points
2014-06-10 1:14 pm
Hello Mary,

Thank you for contacting us today. I'm glad you were able to fix the error. You can view your specific email settings in cPanel at any time.

Changing the Port/SSL setting can often help, especially if you are on a network that is blocking ports.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-11-03 7:24 pm

I am continuing to get this invalid certificate message and it will not allow me to connect.

When I click on "show certificate" I get a message that the certificate has been revoked.

I can't seem to get rid of this.  Thedate and time on my computer are correct.

24,054 Points
2014-11-03 7:39 pm
Hello Tobi,

Are you connecting to a shared server as in the article? Have you tried the suggestion the article gives? If so, which server are you attempting to connect to? What are your port settings?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-11-19 5:55 pm

Having created various emails and pressed 'send' each time, the emails sit in the Outbox rather than being sent. I then have to quit Mail. Wait a minute. Re-open Mail. See error message as above and apply the solution proposed, of simply pressing 'Connect' which works perfectly and all the emails go.

The Question is, how do I verify the identity of “mail.domain.com”   

What can I do to change settings so that Mail knows the mail.domain.com is ok and Mail will then send each email as I complete and send it, rather than having to close and re-open Mail in order to send eMails.


21,599 Points
2014-11-19 7:07 pm
Hello Richard2014,

The problem is well-described above. You simply have to to re-enter the correct email server information and then approve the server. Apple's mail client will say that it can't verify it, but the problem exists because Apple's mail client is expecting the use of SSL, when it may not actually be in use. You are welcome to use the SSL version of your email server settings. Find your email settings by going to How to find my email settings. This will give you BOTH of the email server settings that you can use (the SSL and NON-SSL settings). The servers are legitimate because you can access email and your website from them. You can also use PING or TRACEROUTE diagnostics in order to determine what server your URL is going to. These will result in an IP address that you can further look up on the internet if necessary. If you use the secure email server settings, then you can verify our SSL settings by using a third-party website such as SSL Checker from SSL Shopper or any other websites that can verify SSL certificates. The SSL Checker I have linked simply requires a server URL. For example, our secure servers use the format of: secure###.inmotionhosting.com (where "###" is the server number).

I hope this helps to explain your question about verifying the server. As I said earlier, you would need to re-enter the values in the Apple Mail client in order to "verify" the server settings that you are using. If you used the "mail.domain.com" settings (where domain = your website domain name), then the Apple Mail client is basically unable to verify it simply because it expected the use of an SSL certificate which is not always required for these settings. You can still force the Apple Mail client to use these settings (the non-SSL server settings) by simply verifying the server in the dialogue box that pops up to verify the server. If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.

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