Access denied – Invalid HELO name (Email Authentication)

If you are receiving “550 Access denied – Invalid HELO name” (or a similar error message) in your email client, please check your settings as follows:

Microsoft Outlook 2010 / 2013

  1. From the Menu Bar, Click the “File” tab.
  2. Click the Info tab on the left and select “Accounts Settings”. Click “Account Settings“.
  3. Select your Email account then Click “Change“.
  4. ClickMore settings“.
  5. SelectOutgoing Server” tab.
  6. Select the box beside “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication“.
  7. SelectUse same settings as my incoming email server“.
  8. Click “Ok”.
  9. ClickNext“.
  10. ClickFinish“.

Microsoft Outlook 2007 and earlier

  1. From the Menu Bar, Click “Tools” then Click “E-mail Accounts”.
  2. SelectView or change existing e-mail accounts” then ClickNext“.
  3. Select your Email account then ClickChange
  4. ClickMore settings“.
  5. SelectOutgoing Server” tab.
  6. Select the box beside “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication“.
  7. SelectUse same settings as my incoming email server“.
  8. ClickOk“.
  9. ClickNext“.
  10. ClickFinish“.

Thunderbird

  1. From the Menu Bar, ClickTools“, then “Account Settings“.
  2. This will bring up the Account Settings window where you can click on “Outgoing Server (SMTP)” at the bottom of the list in on the left side of the window.
  3. Back in the middle of the window, select the appropriate outgoing server and click the “Edit” button.
  4. Make sure “Authentication method” is set to “Normal password“.
  5. ClickOK” to close the SMTP edit window and again on the Account Settings window.

Mac Mail

  1. From within Mac Mail Click Mail > Preferences > Accounts
  2. Near the bottom of the window, look for “Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP)“, click the drop down arrow and selectEdit SMTP Server List…
  3. Click the “Advanced” button in the middle of the window and make sure Authentication is set to “Password“.
  4. ClickOK” to close the edit window

Others

Using examples above, please look for the setting “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” or similarly worded, in the settings area in your email client.