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Yahoo Launches New On-Demand Passwords for Accounts

Yahoo MailYahoo announced this week its going to make it easier for you to log into your account with on-demand passwords. Yahoo says this new method will allow you to login easier, since you don’t need to memorize your password.

Yahoo On-Demand Passwords

Yahoo will send you an SMS text message containing a one-time password. This feature isn’t enabled by default on your account, and you’ll need to set it up yourself following these steps:

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 “Account 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!

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This on-demand password option is currently available in the U.S. only.

What About Security?

It seems that if someone has your Yahoo username and access to your phone (maybe you left it on your desk or just outright stolen), they could log into your account.

Not to mention, it would be even easier if you have your phone set up to display SMS text messages on your screen without having to unlock it.

While on-demand passwords might be more convenient, I would stick with enabling two-step verification and use password management software like LastPass or 1Password instead.

Remember, convenience is the enemy of security, and password managers are meant to be a set-it and forget-it solution anyway.

You can enable two-step verification in Yahoo settings under Account Security. And when you do enable it, you’ll need to disable On-demand Passwords if you have it set up, so you can’t use both methods.

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Will you be using this new on-damand password feature or do you use a password manager and two-step authentication? Do you even use Yahoo? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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5 Responses to Yahoo Launches New On-Demand Passwords for Accounts

  1. Alyssa Pepper March 17, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    I agree with you 100%. I use yahoo as my personal email account. I would never set this up.
    Thank!
    Alyssa

  2. Georgia Maples March 17, 2015 at 11:50 am #

    No thank you. I have trouble enough now and I don’t need something else to worry about.
    I will stick with what I have if you don’t mind.

    Sincerely,

    Georgia Maples

  3. George Petricko March 17, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Since early Feb I’ve had constant, “session timed out” Log in again. Each time I had to go thru grief and change my password, about 15 times already.

    Three days in a row the past week and twice in one day!

    I just need to find a better e- mail provider. This sucks!

  4. Bill Fox March 22, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    No way I would use this, it is dangerous, and you have your phone at your side every moment,
    To me this would take longer. I seem to b able to remember my passwords,

  5. AMS September 18, 2015 at 12:08 am #

    The On- Demand is more of a headache!!! It seems there’s a limit on how many time you are able to get a text. I didn’t know there’s was a quota. Now I can’t even get into my account to do business!!!! What control Freaks at Yahoo…don’t you have other things to google?

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