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Exchange Online February 2021 Update: Basic Authentication Explained

Understanding the Basics of Exchange Online and Authentication
When it comes to managing your organization’s Exchange Online environment, understanding the basics of authentication is essential. Authentication is the process of verifying the identity of a user attempting to access a resource or system. Authentication is used to protect resources from unauthorized access and to ensure that only authorized users can access the system. It is also used to help protect the privacy and security of your organization’s data.

In Exchange Online, authentication is used to verify user identities and to ensure that only authorized users can access the system. Exchange Online uses a variety of methods to authenticate users, including basic authentication and modern authentication. Basic authentication uses a username and password to verify a user’s identity. Modern authentication uses multi-factor authentication (MFA), which requires users to provide additional information, such as a security code sent to their mobile device or a code sent via email, to verify their identity.

The Benefits of Basic Authentication
Basic authentication provides a number of benefits to organizations. It is easy to implement and requires minimal setup. Basic authentication is also fast and secure. It is also compatible with most applications and devices. It also offers the flexibility of allowing users to access their accounts from different devices, such as their laptops, tablets, or smartphones.

Basic authentication is also convenient for users. With basic authentication, users can access their accounts quickly and securely without having to remember multiple passwords or enter lengthy security codes. They can also access their accounts from any device, including their laptops, tablets, or smartphones.

Exchange Online – February 2021 Update
Microsoft has recently announced the release of Exchange Online – February 2021 Update. This update includes a number of new features and enhancements, including the ability to use basic authentication for Exchange Online. The update also includes the ability to use modern authentication for Exchange Online.

The new basic authentication feature allows organizations to use basic authentication to access their Exchange Online environment. This feature makes it easier for organizations to manage their Exchange Online environment by allowing them to use the same username and password for multiple accounts. It also allows users to access their accounts from different devices, including their laptops, tablets, or smartphones.

The modern authentication feature allows organizations to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) to access their Exchange Online environment. This feature requires users to provide additional information, such as a security code sent to their mobile device or a code sent via email, to verify their identity. This feature makes it more secure and helps protect the privacy and security of the organization’s data.

How to Configure Exchange Online for Basic and Modern Authentication
Configuring Basic Authentication
To configure basic authentication for Exchange Online, you will need to log in to the Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Once you have logged in, you will need to select “Mail Flow” from the left-hand side menu. Then select “Authentication” and then select “Basic Authentication” to enable it. You will also need to enter the username and password for the user that you want to authenticate.

Configuring Modern Authentication
To configure modern authentication for Exchange Online, you will need to log in to the Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Once you have logged in, you will need to select “Mail Flow” from the left-hand side menu. Then select “Authentication” and then select “Modern Authentication” to enable it. You will then need to enter the username and password for the user that you want to authenticate and then select the authentication method (e.g., security code sent to their mobile device or a code sent via email).

Conclusion
Understanding authentication is essential for managing Exchange Online. Exchange Online offers two authentication methods: basic authentication and modern authentication. Basic authentication is easy to implement and requires minimal setup. It is also fast and secure. Modern authentication offers additional security and requires users to provide additional information, such as a security code sent to their mobile device or a code sent via email, to verify their identity. To configure basic or modern authentication for Exchange Online, you will need to log in to the Exchange Admin Center (EAC).
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Basic Authentication and Exchange Online – February 2021 Update

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