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I have had an AOL email account configured in Thunderbird for a long time. AOL started sending me an email recently claiming that my settings weren't secure because I wasn't using OAUTH. They linked me to this article - https://help.aol.com/articles/allow-apps-that-use-less-secure-sign-in#others

Several weeks ago, I followed the directions in that article (removing and re-adding my account using their recommended settings). The OAUTH process ran and I authenticated successfully against it. I see OAUTH2 as the security type now. However, today I got another email from AOL saying that I have not successfully switched to OAUTH and that my insecure connection method will be turned off on October 20th.

Does anyone know what setting I need to switch to make it 'secure'? The "Connection Security" is set to SSL/TLS and the Authentication Method is "OAUTH2". I also checked my SMTP settings and it is likewise setup with OAUTH2 and SSL/TLS.

  • I have had no problems with Thunderbird with various emails. Try updating and re-installing Thunderbird. Check this site for adding your email. Can I ask which Windows are you using? lifewire.com/aol-mail-in-thunderbird-1173124 – CFCBazar com Oct 7 '20 at 23:55
  • reinstalling thunderbird might be a good idea - maybe somewhere the old non-oauth config might still be present - although I should probably also go and erase my thunderbird profile too – confused-user Oct 8 '20 at 0:00
  • I am on Thunderbird 68 which help->about claims is the newest version – confused-user Oct 8 '20 at 0:01
  • And which is your Windows version? This can happen on Windows 7, even if everything is ok. – CFCBazar com Oct 8 '20 at 0:02
  • I am on windows 7, but is aol actually going to block windows 7 users on october 20th? If so, shouldn't they put that in their announcement email? – confused-user Oct 8 '20 at 1:13

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