First post, by keenmaster486
I mentioned this in my Thinkpad thread but I think this issue deserves its own thread.
I can't seem to get Outlook Express 5 to log into Gmail, even though official support and some internet research says it should be possible. I'm using IMAP for incoming and SMTP for outgoing. Now, I don't think the issue involves IMAP in particular. The same problem would present itself with POP. The error always has to do with not being able to "establish a secure connection to the server", which I take to mean that SSL is not working on Google's end. I can neither send nor receive mail; both throw the same error. Supposedly this is still up and running as long as you check the box for "access for less secure apps" which I have done. And in the past it has indeed worked for me. But somehow I can't make it work this time no matter what settings I try.
I'm using the official Google support page settings:
SSL required (but they recommend TLS/STARTTLS): Yes
Port for SSL: 465
Port for TLS/STARTTLS: 587 (but I'm not using this, only SSL)
Username: my full email address
Password: my Google account password
And it is not working. I've reentered all the settings multiple times to make sure I'm not doing something wrong.
I've tried this from my old Thinkpad running Windows 3.1 and Outlook Express 5.0 16-bit, and a virtual machine running Windows 98 and Outlook Express 5.0 32-bit. Both have the exact same results.
I found a guy somewhere on the internet who claims he got it working with both OE 5 and 6, from earlier this year. But he didn't document his process.
I can't figure this out. I'm beginning to think that Google simply disabled SSL permanently without telling anyone, and the "allow access for less secure apps" switch doesn't actually do anything any more.
I flermmed the plootash just like you asked.