Basic & Modern Authentication

USNH has Disabled Basic Authentication

Microsoft has set the date October 1, 2022 to disable Basic Auth. Due to security risks in addition to this change USNH has disabled Basic Auth. Users that have Basic Auth & IMAP/POP in use can refer to for assistance in the transition.

What is Basic Auth?

Basic authentication uses a Username & Password within a header with SSL to encrypt. When used the authentication header is sent with each request when trying to gain access.

What is Modern Auth?

Modern Auth is not a single authentication method but multiple protocols that enhance the security of cloud-based resources. It uses tokens to gain access which contain additional information such as the device and location. The token has more specific information that specifies what the requestor has access to with the feature to expire or be revoked.

Why is the switch needed?

When using Basic Auth the header is sent with each request which causes a security risk due to how often opportunities occur to capture user information. Password data will be cached within the browser creating an additional platform for compromise. By switching to Modern Auth it allows the usage of Microsoft’s conditional access which allows for rules to restrict access based the device or location.

What should I do?
Install the Outlook app on your mobile devices, located on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.  Please refer to Set up your USNH account in Outlook Mobile for iOS and Android or  Set up your account in Outlook Desktop Application for additional help on setting up your USNH accounts on the Outlook Applications.

Need additional help?

Please contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus and fill out the form with as much information as possible. For additional Training please visit the Teaching & Learning Technologies Training site


Article ID: 4233
Wed 10/13/21 2:10 PM
Tue 11/23/21 6:56 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)
Keene State College (KSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)