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# 213866 16-Apr-2017 12:21
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So quite some time ago Gmail blocked insecure smtp access to your gmail account, even when you turned on tls which previously had been working for a few years.

There is however a workaround for this where you create an email-only login to your gmail account:


  1. Open My Account from the Google menu:

  2. Click the Signing in to Google link:

  3. Click App passwords:

  4. You're prompted to verify your login:

  5. Follow through the options here, under Select app choose Mail (or other Google function -- say Youtube if you're setting up a special login for a media box), select a device from the drop down list or choose Other, then click Generate:

  6. Copy and paste the created password into your device.  SMTP settings are, tls enabled, user is your gmail email address.



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  # 1764959 16-Apr-2017 12:28
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Benefit to this is that if someone nicks any of your gear you'll continue to get notifications with their IP address should they be silly enough to plug it in without a reset.  If you're using your ISP's smtp service this is likely to fail unless your provider allows secure connections from anywhere which is rare these days.

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