Microsoft Office 365’s basic authentication in Exchange Online uses a username and a password for client access requests. Such authentication method provided a loophole for hackers to hack into users’ accounts by using brute force or password spray attacks. Therefore, to help users better protect their accounts, Microsoft suggests users to enable modern authentication, and plans to:
- begin disabling Basic Authentication in existing tenants with no recorded usage as early as October 2020; and
- disable Basic Authentication for the EAS, EWS, POP, IMAP, and RPS protocols in the second half of 2021.
The good news is that starting from v8.3.6, Ahsay supports the use of Microsoft Office 365’s Modern Authentication when creating a Microsoft Office 365 backup set in AhsayOBM client backup software, as well as AhsayCBS web console. If users are still using Basic Authentication, we also support that until Basic Authentication is not supported anymore.
If you leave the Username and Account Password fields blank, and just click the Test button, you will be using the Modern Authentication mode, and a browser window will be brought up for you to perform authentication.
After successful authentication, an Authentication Code will be provided to you.
Copy and paste this code into Ahsay’s software and the software will be linked with your Office 365 account.
You can then proceed with the backup set configuration as usual.
To understand how to create a Microsoft Office 365 backup set to backup emails and files in an Office 365 domain, check out this Microsoft Office 365 Backup and Restore Guide.