With the growing concern for the preservation of the integrity of user accounts, Google has just launched a page of specific configuration that allows users to enable or disable access to their Google accounts from applications and devices considered less secure.This page states the following:
Some devices and apps use insecure sign-in technology to access your data. Choosing Disable prevents these less secure devices and apps from accessing your Google Account. Choosing Enable increases your chances of unauthorized account access but allows you to continue using these less secure devices and apps.
GOS indicates that among the least secure applications on the logon method used, can be found in iOS Mail 6 or lower, the mail application for Windows Phone 8.0 in lower, some mail clients for Android that no have been developed by Google and even email clients like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. If access to these applications is disabled, these applications give an error message “incorrect password”. It also points to a Microsoft article which indicates that Google has increased its security measures in order to block access to Google accounts after 12 July this year or if access is performed in synchronization applications and devices using basic authentication.
Obviously, if users use applications developed by Google itself, we will not have problems with that, but if we use applications and devices that use Basic authentication, we are fortunate that at some point, we can not be accessed through the same our Google accounts if it blocks access for security reasons. Furthermore, the average being cited indicates that 90% of Apple devices on iOS 7, the majority of users will not be affected by this movement.
So now each of us can decide if we allow access to applications and devices less secure or not, all to preserve the integrity of our Google accounts with the idea to prevent future security problems. This move follows the trend of Google to make Internet safer, and therefore, is a step in this direction.