Specify whether the SmtpClient uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt the connection.
Assembly: System (in System.dll)
The property specifies whether SSL is used to access the specified SMTP mail server.
The default value for this property can also be set in a machine or application configuration file. Any changes made to the property override the configuration file settings.
The SmtpClient class only supports the SMTP Service Extension for Secure SMTP over Transport Layer Security as defined in RFC 3207. In this mode, the SMTP session begins on an unencrypted channel, then a STARTTLS command is issued by the client to the server to switch to secure communication using SSL. See RFC 3207 published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for more information.
An alternate connection method is where an SSL session is established up front before any protocol commands are sent. This connection method is sometimes called SMTP/SSL, SMTP over SSL, or SMTPS and by default uses port 465. This alternate connection method using SSL is not currently supported.
You can use ClientCertificates to specify which client certificates should be used to establish the SSL connection. The ServerCertificateValidationCallback allows you to reject the certificate provided by the SMTP server. The SecurityProtocol property allows you to specify the version of the SSL protocol to use.
Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2
The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.