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Why is a web login required with gmail starting today?

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Hello,

Today, I have to use a web login to retrieve my e-mail in Mozilla Thunderbird. I got this message: Web login required: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/78754. Yesterday, I didn't have use the web login. Why am I suddenly required to do a web login?

I changed authentication method for POP and SMTP to OAuth2. I received the web browser pop-up and logged into Google account and able to receive e-mail normally thereon. I would like to use Normal password method, but this method generates the above message. I contacted Google/gmail support. They told me that it sounds like a Thunderbird problem, and recommended that I contact Mozilla - they even gave me the link to Mozilla support. I have Thunderbird version 68.0 installed, but problem began with version 65.x.x installed.

Thanks

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To use normal password authentication, enable access by 'less-secure apps' in the Google security settings. If you have two-step verification on the account, use an app password in place of the regular account password.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Using_Gmail_with_Thunderbird_and_Mozilla_Suite

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sfhowes,

I appreciate your suggestion. However, I have those settings currently set and still have the problem.

So, it's some other cause.

Thanks

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agent86fl said

sfhowes, So, it's some other cause.

The error condition comes about when Google want to notify you of something using the login process on their web site. Usually one of their dumb "security checkups" It has nothing to do with Thunderbird at all. If your getting the message, ask google why they are offering it. It is not a Thunderbird error. Thunderbird is simply offering to you the error google provided when they declined the log in attempt.

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Same problem here. It started today for me. Replied to an email using a Gmail account and I got a popup to login via the Gmail site. I, too, have "allow less secure devices" enabled. Oddly, Thunderbird did not autofill my password in the login, even though it's set to do so.

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Google are moving slowly to remove less secure devices. I suggest you use oAuth, then the web login requests will probably stop as that is their chosen method of authentication.

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I have outlook.com requesting my password for hotmail and not my other gmail account? Everything still works though I can still send and receive emails. I put in my password but it didnt work? So now I just delete the banner when it pops up but I would love to get rid of the bastard of a thing. Its annoying. Could it be Phishing Malware even?

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