Block Basic Authentication Best Practices

jpcapone 1,021 Reputation points

I know that there are 2 (3) ways to disable basic authentication. So, when it comes to disabling basic auth which way is best - Service Side via org settings in Microsoft 365 Admin Center or CA policies? Should you use the two ways I described or is one equivalent to the other?

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  1. Vasil Michev 66,601 Reputation points MVP

    Best one is the service-side controls, but only Exchange supports that. In addition to the admin center controls, you can also use Auth policies to a similar end:
    Other methods are still valid, but they only act after credentials have been validated. On the other hand, authentication policies as detailed above act on a pre-auth layer, and block brute force attempts before they even reach Azure AD.

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