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[SOLVED] - AOL Mail Refusing Access - Dec 2019

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sunclad

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Post Posted December 18th, 2019, 10:23 am

SOLVED - There is a new process for validating 3rd party mail applications.

Login to AOL using a web browser. You will use your regular everyday AOL password to get in as always. Select the account settings and then the security options.

Below the 2-step authentication option check box is a new application password generator. This is what needs to be used to authorize 3rd party mail clients. Select this option and then select your listed application. If it is not there select "Other" and insert the name of the application to be used i.e. Thunderbird, Seamonkey, etc. Click and obtain an APPLICATION SPECIFIC password. Save this to the side.

Now go back to your mail client program and insert this new APPLICATION SPECIFIC password in place of your account password. This will be the password for the 3rd party mail client that will access the AOL account. What ever your prior settings were for SSL, etc should be OK, or if setting up an account, enter what ever the manual settings may need to be.

This is a new thing not documented at AOL and certainly not on tech forums.

So for each 3rd party mail client application that you will want to access AOL mail, you will need to generate an application specific password for it, and use this in place of your account password. Then from the web interface you can deactivate applications when desired.

Once I understood this, and again not documented or explained in any tech blog (yet) I was able to regain full access to AOL mail in Seamonkey. I will now go on to do T-Bird at my office system.
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Hi All -

Seamonkey 2.49.4. Have yet to update to .5

This past week I started to have issues accessing AOL mail. All settings are correct.

I logged in using the web browser and checked all settings for "less secure applications" which many systems require for access by mail cleint programs. The settings menu stated that the option to have this setting is going away in March of 2020.

Since I was already having access issues to the mail server i decided to try to reset the allowance of "less secure applications." Much to my surprise, after shutting it off, with the intention of turning it back on, it disappeared from the settings menu. Flushing the browser cache and re-logging in did not fix this.

So as of today, and as of earlier this week, it appears that you can no longer access AOL mail externally using a mail client such as Seamonkey.

Can anyone confirm?

DMK
Last edited by sunclad on December 19th, 2019, 11:25 am, edited 2 times in total.

Peter Creasey

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Post Posted December 19th, 2019, 7:23 am

My Compuserve email processing via the AOL service is stillk being handled in fine fashion by SeaMonkey.

Occasionally, I have to uncheck the leave messages on server option for a short period of time.
. . . . . . . . . . Pete

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Post Posted December 19th, 2019, 7:42 am

Hi -

See my original. Seamonkey 2.49.4 (since updated to .5) was showing no connection or connection refused. When I logged in via web browser to AOL Mail the first time the security settings stated that effective March 2020, that "less secure apps..." would cease to be allowed. Thinking a resent of those settings might help, I turned off 3rd party apps (which includes Seamonkey and Thunderbird) with intent to just switch it back on. Instead the page reloaded and the feature to allow 3rd party program access disappeared.

I've since tried other web browsers and flushed web cache holdings to see if it was a page issue but I continue to get the page now displaying as noted. I have also tried adding my Verizon-now-AOL address to T-Bird and also to a couple of other mail clients with no success. I have also followed AOL's server settings page which was updated as late as November 2019 with no success.

The suggestion is that new AOL mail is not being allowed to have 3rd party mail client access which would include Seamonkey, T-Bird, and several others. If you still have access, leave it alone but given the message I saw said that 3rd party access will cease in March 2020, you may want to be concerned.

I am hoping this is a temp glitch on their end. I don't use that address for much, but for just enough that changing addresses will be a pain in the neck. i also have my Verizon bill coming there. As far as I know there was no advance notice on this.

If anyone gets it working, I'd be interested in seeing the server settings posted. For now I am stuck in web view.

DMK

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Post Posted December 19th, 2019, 10:06 am

I have an AOL Mail account and I can login & logout to it just fine with unofficial Seamonkey 2.53.1 from Wg9s (may also work with unofficial SM 2.57)

official SM 2.49.x will soon be EOL so I don't use 2.49.5 anymore

though disable any ad blockers like ABP (AdBlockPlus) or ublock origin OR allow (aka "whitelist") the AOL Mail site if either ABP or ublock for SM are installed

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Post Posted December 19th, 2019, 10:15 am

Edited original post with the fix

DMK

Peter Creasey

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Post Posted December 20th, 2019, 7:57 am

Can someone say in layman's terms what the upcoming status of client (e.g.) SeaMonkey access of AOL will be, please?

Thanks.
. . . . . . . . . . Pete

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Post Posted December 20th, 2019, 12:27 pm

If you have already allowed less secure apps in AOL mail, it will probably continue to work with Seamonkey until around March 2020 with the old login by password method. If you are a new member, or at that time, this will not work and you will have to do what the first post says. You will have to use instead of your password, an "application specific password" generated on their site.
Note that AOL and Yahoo are owned by Verizon.

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Post Posted December 20th, 2019, 3:11 pm

Okay, so AOL will continue to work with SeaMonkey but the password will have to change. That seems manageable.
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Post Posted January 20th, 2020, 10:18 am

Seamonkey 2.53.1 beta 1 "official" was released a few days ago, which should work with the AOL Mail site with virtually no problems.

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