Have you ever noticed friends who use Yahoo! email accounts are always hacked and you receive strange spam emails from them? Well this problem will be no more, thanks to Yahoo’s new on-demand passwords.
USA Today reports that the tech corporation’s latest program will allow users to have a new password sent to them via text every time they log in. The service is optional and can be set up in Yahoo settings. The new service works like a two-factor authentication process that Gmail, Facebook and Twitter use.
A year and half ago, Yahoo’s Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said the tech company had 800 million monthly active users. However her claim did not specify what exactly “active” means and the number didn’t include Tumblr users. So it’s a little unclear (as far as we can tell) how many people are still using Yahoo mail.
Yahoo revealed their new password system at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Austin Festival. Dylan Casey, Yahoo’s Vice President said of the new feature, “This is the first step to eliminating passwords. I don’t think we as an industry has done a good enough job of putting ourselves in the shoes of the people using our products.”
Yahoo also hopes to launch their end-to-end encryption program in the Fall 2015 and it will be similar to Google’s alpha Chrome PGP encryption plugin.