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I use mail.dll to retrieve and send emails via gmail smtp with a vb.net app I created. Now that Google is eliminating the less-secure-app option. Is there another option? I tried the oauth route from a link on the limilabs site but it is out of date. Is there a better way? or better email provider?
Many thanks in advance.

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Use OAuth 2.0 - there are several flows depending on your scenario:

Web app:
https://www.limilabs.com/blog/oauth2-gmail-imap-web-applications

Installed/desktop app:
https://www.limilabs.com/blog/oauth2-gmail-imap-installed-applications

Service account/daemon:
https://www.limilabs.com/blog/oauth2-gmail-imap-service-account

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A simpler solution is to use App passwords:
Turn on 2-Step Verification for the account (required), then create an application specific password. You can find more details here:
https://www.limilabs.com/blog/using-app-passwords-with-gmail

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The "APPS" approach worked like a champ!  Thanks!
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