Yahoo has announced that it is debuting a new way for users to log in to their account, without entering a password.
The system is being called “On-Demand Passwords”, and will require the user to have a phone number tied to the Yahoo account.
A password will be texted to the phone number, which can be used by the user to log in.
This is completely optional and here is how to enable On-Demand Passwords in your Yahoo account.
1) Sign in to your Yahoo.com account.
2) Click on your name at the top right corner to go to your account information page.
3) Select “Security” in the left bar.
4) Click on the slider for “On-demand passwords” to opt-in.
5) Enter your phone number and Yahoo will send you a verification code.
6) Enter the code and voila!
Of course if you lose your phone, this may not be a “great feature”. That being said, this feature is available only in the U.S at the moment. This suggests that it may be in a test phase, with a global rollout possible after Yahoo gets feedback from its users.
If you really need to make your account secure, Google’s 2-step authentication is the way to go. Oh, and if you want to take extra precautions, or if you tend to forget passwords, you could always use a password manager app like KeePassDroid.