TTG 1822 for Sunday 22 August 2021

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Leo, just a note for your reference - AOL mail seems to want you to set up an application-specific password for clients like thunderbird.

That would explain it. Is that something new?

not sure, about four or so months back I had trouble with outlook losing authentication, so I tried setting up an aol email, which is where I ran into this. I could use my aol password on web mail but not on a mail client. sometimes google wants that too, for ‘less secure’ applications, whatever that means, but it lets the applications skip 2FA.

AOL sent out an email last year regarding this. I’ve had to help a few clients setup the secure password to link their AOL emails in Microsoft Outlook. I’ve posted the statement from the AOL Email below:

We love that you love using AOL email. And we want to make sure you always have the best experience. That’s why we’re reaching out today.

We’ve noticed that you’re using non-AOL applications (such as third-party email, calendar, or contact applications) that may use a less secure sign-in method. To protect you and your data, AOL will no longer support the current sign-in functionality in your application starting on October 20, 2020. This means that you will need to take one of the steps below to continue using your AOL Mail without interruption.

But don’t worry, you have options:

Option 1: We recommend that you access your mail using our free AOL app for iOS and Android or simply go to to access AOL Mail on the web.

Option 2: Keep your current, non-AOL app, BUT follow a few steps to get it to sync with our secure sign-in method. The steps vary across different email applications, but in most cases, you will have to remove your AOL account from the app and then add it back again to update sign-in security. Use the links below to follow the specific steps for your current application:

Option 3: You can generate a one-time, unique password that will allow you to sign in to your account using your non-AOL email application. Once created, this password will continue to allow your app to securely sync your AOL email unless you sign out (or are signed out) from your app. You can find instructions on how to do this here.

If you want more details on these changes, please visit our help page. If you’ve already taken action, we’d like to think you haven’t read this far, but if you have… we appreciate the diligence!

Thanks for rocking that AOL email address!

The AOL Team

AOL announced the change last year via email but they’ve slowly pushed out the requirements to end users. Had to help a client setup the secure password 2 weeks ago. I posted the statement from AOL below.

while they may have sent this out last year, as a new user I was not advised of it. I had to use SET (search engine troubleshooting)