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#1 DefaultGateway

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:49 AM

Gmail has an option that can block "less secure apps".

I was wondering if Hotmail (Outlook.com) also has such an option.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 09:34 AM

I have no idea with regard to Hotmail, but if you want to use virtually any e-mail client in existence to access your messages you have to set this option in Gmail off as well as turning off two-step verification.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 10:23 AM

Thank you for replying. I'm wondering if Gmail is safer than Hotmail, because Gmail has that option.



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 10:50 AM

I guess that depends on how paranoid/security conscious you are (and there can be a fine line between the two).

 

The two-step verification setting is obvious to anyone who's accustomed to using two-step verification.  I've never felt the need.

 

The "less secure apps" is less obvious.  Even if two-step is turned off, this effectively prevents most other applications that use the "supply my standard login and password" combination from being able to access your account.  If you don't use anything, most commonly an e-mail client or something else that syncs with your e-mail and, possibly, calendar and contacts then you can safely leave that setting at its default "on" setting.  However, if you use an e-mail client (or routinely need to test out various e-mail clients, as I do for my customers, and use my own e-mail account for the testing) you cannot leave either two-step verification nor less secure apps blocking on.  Gmail will still give you notifications when any application attempts to access your account for the first time (other than their own, of course).

 

Since I've never had my account hacked in my decades of use with the passwords I've chosen and both those settings off for the reasons noted, I'm not particularly worried that I'm particularly vulnerable.

 

It's really a matter of personal comfort level with username and password being a sufficient security paradigm for you.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 12:31 PM

Thanks again for replying.

Btw, I don't think Hotmail has that option, because on search engines, I can't find anything about Hotmail about that option.

Anyway, thanks for your explanation about email security.






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