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Yahoo Introduces Password Free Logins

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

If remembering passwords for dozens of websites and online services is too much of a hassle for you then you are going to love the new initiative from Yahoo. The online giant recently unveiled an “on-demand” password system that promises to get rid of problems arising out of stolen and hacked passwords. Announcing the initiative at SXSW festival held at Austin, Texas; Dylan Casey, Vice President of Product Management for Consumer Platforms at Yahoo, said that the launch of the service marks the first step towards eliminating passwords.

Password security remains a pressing concern for billions of internet users from all over the world. The problem is all the more acute since most people use common or easy-to-remember passwords that can easily be hacked by criminals. To compound the problem, most people use the same password for multiple websites and services so if one of their online accounts gets compromised, it may ultimately lead to the compromise of their email accounts, social networking accounts, financial transactions and even identity. Yahoo’s password-free login system promises to drastically overhaul online security by sending On-Demand passwords to a registered mobile number that can be used just once.

The On-Demand password system is currently available to Yahoo users from United States on a trial basis. To activate the feature, you need to log into your Yahoo account once with your current password. Once you are logged in, you can enable the feature via the Security settings screen and by linking your phone number with your Yahoo account. After the verification of your phone number is complete, you would be able to use your Yahoo account without providing your current password. Next time when you try to log into your account, you would see a “Send my Password” button instead of the regular password field. After you click on the button, you will receive a four character password that can be used only once to log into a Yahoo account.

While the entire password-free login system is designed to improve online security, it is not without its flaws. Since the whole system is designed to deliver passwords to a mobile number, you may still lose your Yahoo account if your mobile device gets stolen or lost. What’s worse, criminals may be able to read your password without keying in the passcode of your Smartphone if SMS notifications are enabled on your mobile device. Secondly, the system is not as secure as the 2-step verification system which requires both a password and a numerical code sent to registered mobile number to log into an online account or service. Lastly, the password-free system would make it impossible for you to log into your account if there is no mobile network coverage at your current location.

Yahoo’s new service offers a convenient alternative for those who have trouble remembering their passwords. However, people also need to remember the pitfalls of the service before embracing it. If you are looking for enhanced security of your online accounts, switching to 2-step verification system is currently your best bet.

October 18, 2015

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