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When I logged on to the Yahoo Mail web interface it said that it is recommended to disable apps from connecting to it. When I did so, Outlook was no longer able to connect. Also, Yahoo claims to be enabled for two factor authentication but it seems they just have receiving text messages.

Is there a way to enable two factor authentication and still be able to connect with Outlook?

I'm not sure it's possible that Yahoo's this far behind in security so I'm assuming I'm going about it the wrong way.

  • I'm sorry for off topic, but Two factor authentication isn't better than old strong password and even give attacker more chances to exploit account (for example: securityweek.com/…) As about Yahoo... they lost my trust a long time ago.. and again, they were hacked 2 months ago but only in December they disclose it... What version of Outlook you using? 365 should support 2FA for sure – Alex Jan 7 '17 at 5:01
  • @Alex that article is specific to phone-based 2FA. Do you have another example to back up the assertion that all 2FA isn't better than a strong password? – schroeder Jan 7 '17 at 7:57
  • I thought that the question was about yahoo's 2FA which use "phone-based 2FA". I didn't say that ALL 2FA are bad – Alex Jan 7 '17 at 8:32
  • @Alex "Two factor authentication isn't better than old strong password and even give attacker more chances to exploit account" sure sounds like you did – Celeritas Jan 7 '17 at 9:14
  • Let's see: you connected to Yahoo via their web mail interface and got a message from Yahoo saying their own service is insecure; you followed their recommendation to disable apps from connecting and now Outlook can't connect; you enabled 2 factor authentication and you get text messages on your phone. Nope, you're not doing it the wrong way; that's actually how Yahoo works now. I'm not sure what they're thinking at Yahoo HQ, but maybe alcohol is a factor. – fixer1234 Jan 15 '17 at 9:44

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