On Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:26:36 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org
declaimed the following:
>I have had need recently to consider adding two-step authentication to my Google accounts. I access emails from these Google accounts using Eudora 126.96.36.199 and I found that when I did add two-step authentication, I could no longer check email. I got an error message with a google support link which gave feedback saying that I needed to allow less secure apps to access my log-in details but I could not allow less secure apps to log-in until I removed two-step authentication. So I am back to square one. I want to keep using POP and would like to keep using Eudora (though I fear it will not be compatible with future versions of Windows) but am also considering Thunderbird and while I have read that there is a way to allow Thunderbird to accept two-step authentication, I don't know whether it is possible with Eudora. Answers please!
If you are referring to the process shown
Then -- NO. By definition, this scheme requires one to respond with a
code obtained through a separate system (IE: your attempt to login via a
computer web page results in a message being sent to your text message
capable cell phone (which had to pre-registered with your account), and you
then have to enter that code into a different page on the web browser).
Nothing in the POP3/SMTP internet protocols is designed for that.
Thunderbird may appear to do that, but that is because it IS inside a
For the most part, this style of authentication only functions on
browser based applications. Even those sites that allow the confirmation to
be sent via email assume that your ISP email is usable without it -- IOWs,
2-step authentication is used when you are accessing sites that are NOT
within your ISP's control.
There is no way to automate this (automation would bypass the whole
At best, you may have to log in via a web browser, get the code via
phone, enter code via the web browser, and THEN it may allow Eudora POP3
retrieval to function (presuming Google's scheme stores your current login
computer information -- IP and/or MAC address, and provides that to the
POP3 server where it is compared against the email retrieval requests)
Wulfraed Dennis Lee Bieber AF6VN