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Third-Party clients and 2FA

vikd
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Third-Party clients and 2FA

How does 2FA work with Third-party clients for comcast.net access. It seems that when logging in via a browser I get prompted for 2FA but third-party clients do not get prompted for 2FA. Is this to be expected that 2FA does not work with third-party clients like Apple mail, Outlook etc?

Latoque
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Re: Third-Party clients and 2FA

2FA comes into play when you sign into the account itself.  When you use a desktop client like Outlook or Thunderbird, it keeps the account signed in all the time.  So when you look at your email that way you are not signing in again.  So you would not get the 2FA prompt.



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vikd
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Re: Third-Party clients and 2FA

Hi, thx for replying. Shouldn’t it prompt for the 2FA the first time it attempts to login via the client? I never got prompted for 2FA. Even if subsequent logins are cached somehow I would expect the initial login to be via 2FA. Thx
Again
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Re: Third-Party clients and 2FA


@vikd wrote:
Hi, thx for replying. Shouldn’t it prompt for the 2FA the first time it attempts to login via the client? I never got prompted for 2FA. Even if subsequent logins are cached somehow I would expect the initial login to be via 2FA. Thx

No, it shouldn't prompt for 2FA because you're not logging into a website, but you are logging in to an email server.  Vastly different things.  Now, if you go to webmail, that would be something different.


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