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Old 7 Nov 2021, 02:40 AM   #1
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Anybody still using @AIM.com ?

I still have a couple of free @aim.com email accounts.

I had them set up in Outlook 365 desktop.
Between Sep 10th & Sep 13th (2021) IMAP stopped working for these accounts.

I tried changing my settings but no luck.

I can still log into webmail.
I can log in with [email protected], name, or [email protected] .

I sent a message to the PostMaster but only received an automated reply.
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Email support is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 health and safety considerations for our employees. For help with an issue, search our help articles at help.aol.com.
I tried setting up POP retrieval in GMail. (Check mail from other accounts).
That didn't work either.

There doesn't seem to be an option to automatically forward email.


I am not a Verizon customer.
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Old 7 Nov 2021, 07:23 AM   #2
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AIM I thought was AOL if this is the case please try: https://help.aol.com/articles/how-do...ve-my-aol-mail
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Old 7 Nov 2021, 08:42 AM   #3
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Thank you, but I have already seen that page.

Are you currently using AOL mail, and are not a a Verizon customer?
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Old 7 Nov 2021, 04:03 PM   #4
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I do. Unfortunately I use it with POP3 not IMAP.

The account is actually a former netscape.net account. I now use aim.com for that address. The netscape.net address, as well as aol.com are also functional for this account.

I am using AOL URL's for POP3 and SMTP.

pop.aol.com:995
smtp.aol.com:465
Both using SSL/TLS


That automated reply is hilarious.
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Old 7 Nov 2021, 07:51 PM   #5
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I'm glad that it's working for you.

I tried setting up POP in both Outlook 365 and GMail.
Maybe it's just my accounts.
I thought that it might be my ISP (Shaw.ca), but I would think that wouldn't affect setting up POP in GMail.

I event tried changing the password on one of my accounts, but same results.

I'll have to try from a different computer in a different location and see if that makes a difference.
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Old 7 Nov 2021, 08:26 PM   #6
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btw, the error message trying to POP from GMail was
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There was a problem connecting to pop.aol.com
Server returned error: "Connection timed out: There may be a problem with the settings you added. Please contact your other email provider to verify the correct server name and port."
I was using 995 w SSL.
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Old 8 Nov 2021, 07:12 AM   #7
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I had an AIM email acct but AOL deleted it,im not sure why....My AIM name kept working but my email acct was gone.....

Whats the URL to login to that now?? (Ill try again)

Nice to see ya Cyber
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Old 8 Nov 2021, 05:39 PM   #8
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I went ahead an setup an IMAP account in my email client (Claws Mail).

I used the information I found here to configure this account.
https://help.aol.com/articles/downlo...mail-with-imap

One thing I had to do was generate an app password. Since I already did this for my POP3 access account. I used that password and it all worked.

Basically to log in via my browser, I use one password. To log in with my email client I use the password created when generating an app password.
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Old 12 Nov 2021, 07:32 AM   #9
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Thank you chrisretusn.
Setting up an App Password got things working again.

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App passwords

Some apps or services require you to enter your username and password to connect to your Aol account. If youíre not comfortable sharing your password with that service, Aol can generate an App password, a one-time password to use with just that app/service, instead of your normal password.

When do I need an app password?

Some older, less secure apps/services don't support Aol's own sign-in method and ask you to give your username and password directly to the app/service instead. In cases where you do not see the Aol sign-in box, you should generate and use an app password.
And imap.aim.com and smtp.aim.com still work too.
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Old 12 Nov 2021, 06:28 PM   #10
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Glad to be of help.

Based on this App password thing, it seems that AOL is Yahoo in disguise.
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Old 12 Nov 2021, 08:05 PM   #11
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CyberSmurf, long time no see?

It's been quite a few years since you last posted on the forum, here's hoping that you'll stick around in your moderator role, and help out the very few remaining mods still active here.
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Old 12 Nov 2021, 10:11 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by chrisretusn View Post
[...]
Based on this App password thing, it seems that AOL is Yahoo in disguise [...]
I was seeing a page saying that they were both part of Verizon.
Now when logged into AOL, under Options, when I click Terms of Services I am taken to ...
https://legal.yahoo.com/us/en/yahoo/...tos/index.html
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Yahoo Terms of Service

Exciting news! Our parent company has been acquired by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. Read more in our press release. For now, the way we process your information and the company providing the sites and apps you use remain the same.

In June 2017, we announced that Yahoo and AOL joined to become a unified digital and mobile media company. We are now operating under these unified Yahoo Terms of Service. [...]
...

I checked my Yahoo account and it appears that I had set up an App Password for "Outlook Desktop". I had only been using my laptop for a few months and I was still trying to get things working. I only have vague memory.
With Yahoo I did receive an email warning me to set up an App Password.
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Hey Yahoo Member,

Headís up: As of 20 October 2020, Yahoo Mail will no longer support third-party applications (such as third-party email, calendar, or contact applications) using outdated sign-in methods. That just means if youíre still signing in to your Yahoo account via another email application, like the default email application on your phone, you need to make some quick updates to ensure your mailbox isnít interrupted.
I didn't receive any warning with my AOL accounts, and the cut-off was almost 11 months later than Yahoo.
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Old 13 Nov 2021, 01:18 AM   #13
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If I remember correctly... I just checked my emails... Well that's amazing, I still have the notice, received it on Sep 14, 2020.

The signature is:
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Thanks for rocking that AOL email address!

The AOL Team

Privacy Policy*|*Customer Support
© 2020 Verizon Media. All Rights Reserved.
22000 AOL Way, Dulles, VA 20166.
I forgot about it, until one day I couldn't get in using my email client. In fact when I was troubleshooting IMAP, I forgot and was scratching my head for while trying to figure it out. I getting in via the web, but not my client. I checked my password program and saw the note for App Password. Ah Ha!
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Old 13 Nov 2021, 12:05 PM   #14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CyberSmurf
I didn't receive any warning with my AOL accounts
I didnt either,they just deleted it and I dont know why
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Old 24 Nov 2021, 04:09 PM   #15
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It was the "older, less secure apps/services" that threw me.

I didn't think that "older" applied to Outlook 365.
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