Post by Filbert
I noticed that the GMail in the passwords list had more that one entry
with the other entry having a long random looking password.
Several other GMail accounts show both the expected and the long random
Those other accounts work OK.
But what is this strange password shown in password list ?
Is the random-looking password over 40 characters long?
And does the corresponding site in the "Site" column
begin with "oauth://" instead of "imap://" or "smtp://" ?
If so, that is an OAuth 2.0 authentication password for
this copy of Thunderbird.
Q.1) In Thunderbird's server settings for those Gmail accounts,
what is the "Authentication method" set to? Likely choices
for Gmail would be "Normal password" and "OAuth2".
One reason for using OAuth2 is that Google considers it to be more
secure. When "Allow less secure apps" is turned OFF, Gmail will still
accept OAuth2 authentication from Thunderbird. But Gmail will not
accept "Normal password" with your ordinary Google account password.
When you change "Authentication method" to OAuth2, you will get a
pop-up where you fill in your Google credentials. Thunderbird then
gets a long OAuth2 credential from Google and saves it.