SmarterTrack SMTP Settings and Google 2-factor Authentication

A good way to ensure that your Google Account stays secured is to enable their two-factor (2 step) authentication. While it helps lock down your account, there are some things you need to do to enable some third-party websites and applications to use your GMail address when it's set up for 2-step authentication.

Applies to SmarterTrack 6.x - 12.x

Before you add any SMTP settings into SmarterTrack, you'll want to do the following:

  1. Log into your GMail account
  2. In the top, right corner of the GMail interface, click on your name or the down arrow next to your profile picture
  3. Click on the Account link
  4. Once in your Google Account, click on the Security line item in the left tree view
  5. Under the 2-step verification area, you'll see a link titled "Manage your application specific passwords" - go ahead and click that
    1. NOTE: you may need to re-log into your account
  6. Next, you'll see a long list of "Connected Sites, Apps, and Services" - look for SmarterTrack and see if it's listed.
  7. If NOT, scroll to the bottom of the page. There should be a section titled "Application-specific passwords." This is where you'll create a password specifically for use with your SmarterTrack help desk.
  8. Title your new password something specific - like "SmarterTrack Helpdesk" or possibly something specific to your business or brand, then click Generate password.
  9. This is a one-time password and it can't be recovered. So, be sure to copy it and move to your SmarterTrack management interface. DO NOT close your Google account or click the Done button until you've set up SMTP in SmarterTrack.
  10. Go ahead and set up SMTP for your brand, or department, using your GMail account. Be sure to enable SMTP authentication and use the new password you just generated for the authenticated account.
  11. Now, you can test your settings and things should work just fine.

Two-step verification is a great tool, and it's highly recommended for keeping your GMail account secured. However, it does take some tap dancing to make sure that the various apps, sites and services you use can continue functioning after you've set up 2 step authentication. The above steps should get you on your way.

 

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