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Gmail Tightening Account Security

If you have a Gmail address, take note: Google is removing a feature called “Allow less secure apps” on May 30, 2022. This feature allows non-Google apps (such as Outlook, Apple Mail, or Thunderbird) to access a Gmail account using older security technology. If you currently use one of those apps to access your Gmail account you may find you’ll start to receive error messages at the end of the month. Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to see if this change will affect you. Since Google disables this feature by default, if it’s on for your account then it’s in use and you will be affected by the change. To check, visit myaccount.google.com/security and scroll down to the section labeled “Less secure apps”. If this is disabled (or doesn’t show up because you have 2-Step Verification turned on), there’s nothing to worry about! If it is enabled, you will need to change how your device or app connects to your Google account – see these instructions here. And as always feel free to reach out to me for help on making the change.


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