Implement AOL PassCode in Thunderbird



Account Manager
13 years ago
9 years ago


(Reporter: Ronan Magee, Unassigned)


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13 years ago
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When using an AOL account with Tb that has a PassCode associated with it there
is no provision to enter the pass code when checking for mail.  As a result of
this the mail checking process fails due to incorrect password.

Currently TB does this:
1. Check mail
2. Ask for password

... incorrect password

The correct operation of TB should be ...
1. Check mail
2. Ask for password
3. Ask for PassCode
4. Display mails

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Create account
2.Click Get Mail
3.Enter Password

Actual Results:  
TB comes back with a password error and the mails cannot be checked.

Expected Results:  
TB should have provided the option to enter the 6 digit AOL PassCode and then go
on to display the new emails.

AOL now offer all members this PassCode option.  More and more members will sign
up to PassCode and this will limit them from using TB as a means of getting email.

More can be found on AOL Pass Code at these locations:

Comment 1

13 years ago
Another open source project has been able to implement the AOL SecurID token

The gAIM Messenger program will have support for this during the sign on process
in its next major release.

Maybe something like this can be added to TB?

Contact me if you would like more info regarding the functionality in gAIM for
securID support,


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Comment 3

13 years ago
Still no option to prompt for AOL Pass Code when checking mail
Severity: critical → enhancement
Summary: Not prompted to enter AOL PassCode when checking my mail - account is then denied → Implement AOL PassCode in Thunderbird

Comment 4

12 years ago
Please implement Passcode support.  It shouldn't take a flock of users to ask you to implement an enhancement that obviously prohibits the use of your product by a significant number of AOL members who would love to use the program.

All AOL employees and many Time Warner employees are bound by secureid (aka passcode), in addition to a growning number of AOL members.  If you have seen the AOL Mac client, you can appreciate my appeal to add passcode support.

rock on,


Comment 5

12 years ago
There is away around this for now ...


Yep - the ' / ' is needed e,g, abcdef9876/123456

To get it to work you have to do:

Tools --> Account Settings from TB Menu

Click 'Server Settings from the left hand panel'

In the right hand pannel make sure the following is correct:

Server Name is:
Port: 993

Under Security Settings section in right hand pannel make sure SSL is ticked.

Move back to the left pannel and go to Out Going Server (SMTP):

In the right hand side click Add ...

Enter the following info:
Sever name:
Port: 25

Under the Security and Authentication section:
Tick the box - Use Name and Password
Enter your aol username (without

In the Secure Section tick TLS, if Available

This should allow you send and receive mail through TB.

When sending mail you may be prompted to enter your password/securID
once every 15mins, this is because the securID expires.

Any problems let me know,

QA Contact: account-manager


10 years ago
Assignee: mscott → nobody
This might be a great idea to implement as an extension. Did any of you ever posted the idea to extensions developers ?

Comment 7

9 years ago
No, I have since ditched my AOL account and this has went off my radar.  Feel free to pick up and progress.
(In reply to comment #6)
> This might be a great idea to implement as an extension. Did any of you ever
> posted the idea to extensions developers ?

Best implemented in an extension. -> WONTFIX.
Last Resolved: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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