Yahoo! want to kill the password as we know it

17 March 2015

password Yahoo are looking at killing off the password as you know it. Instead, they're liking the idea of on-demand passwords if you want to login to their services.

Basically, this new service lets you log into a Yahoo account using a short password that is sent to your mobile phone. So, every time you want to get at your Yahoo! mail or whatever, instead of tapping in your password, you'll hit a button which says "send my password". You get it in a text and then you can login with a four-character password.

It all sounds like an almighty faff in the making.

Yahoo executive Dylan Casey said: "This is the first step to eliminating passwords."

Of course, some places already have a two-step authentication process where you enter your password and then get a second one of the phone, but all the really popular sites don't have them for a reason.

You can presumably stay logged-in to your account on your devices at home, but if you repeatedly check your emails at work or away from the house, this sounds like a royal pain in the dick.

1 comment

  • jaffacake
    there are still way too many mobile signal dead zones in the uk (world) for this to be practical. I know this, because my home in england is one of them :-(

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