What Are Less Secure Apps in Google Workspace

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Workspace administrators and users

Introduction to less secure apps in Google Workspace: Getting started

  • In the context of the Google Workspace setting called “Less secure apps,” Google considers an app secure when it uses modern security standards such as OAuth 2.0.

Examples of less secure apps

What Are Less Secure Apps In Google Workspace - Step 1

You know that an app or service uses OAuth 2.0 when a similar page opens in your browser after typing your username and password to connect your account. The page lists all permissions that the app requires you to grant for it to function.

Any app or service that only asks for a username and password to connect to a Google Workspace user account is considered less secure, and it is not easy to tell what permissions it requires and what it can do to your account.

Some examples of apps that fall in the ‘less secure’ category are:

  • ​Desktop mail clients like Outlook and Thunderbird
  • Native mail, contacts, and calendar sync apps on older versions of iOS and OSX
  • The mail app on Windows phones before OS version 8.1
  • Any other third-party app that connects to your account without OAuth 2.0

When access to less secure apps is disabled, and you try to connect your account to a less secure app, you receive an email notification.

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