More information is forthcoming about an email sent Feb. 19 regarding disabling basic authentication and how that will potentially affect your email capabilities in the future. 

Office 365

UAB provides email for students, faculty and staff through Office 365, which means you get access to not only email but calendaring, contact management, task management functions and the Microsoft Office suite of applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, all by using your BlazerID and password. You can access this powerful suite of programs easily online or download to your devices.

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Keeping BlazerID​

You’re a Blazer4Life! Which means you can keep your BlazerID​ email address forever. Your mailbox will be retained for 1 year after leaving UAB, but you can add in a forwarding address to have your BlazerID​ emails forwarded to another account you can access. Learn more about this process here.

Disabling basic authentication

On March 5, 2021, UAB IT will disable basic authentication to Office 365 and require modern authentication, which is capable of two-factor authentication and would allow users to log in with Duo, providing more protection for their accounts and data.  

UAB IT is not making changes to existing email client setups. Microsoft will be fully disabling basic authentication for Office 365 email accounts later in 2021.

What does this mean to you? 

This change affects you if you can answer “yes” to any of these questions:

  • Are you using Thunderbird or Outlook 2013/2010/2007 to read your email?  
  • Are you using any other IMAP or POP client to check email? 
  • Did you set up mail on your phone several years ago?   
  • Are you forwarding your email to your personal address and replying to or sending emails using Office 365?

UAB IT will disable basic authentication including IMAP, POP, ActiveSync, and several other “basic” authentication protocols to better secure access to email. 

What clients support two-factor authentication and modern authentication? 

These email clients support two-factor authentication with Office 365. 

Why is UAB IT making this change? 

This change makes email more secure. Basic authentication doesn’t require two-factor authentication, which leaves you and the University vulnerable to potential attacks. Hackers could have an easy way to exploit an account once they have your password. Duo two-factor authentication doesn’t prevent your password from being compromised; it only requires another piece of information for authentication to better secure access to resources.