Yahoo introduces on-demand passwords
MANILA, Philippines – Yahoo announced its on-demand password scheme on Sunday, March 15. at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival.
The new feature will let users log in to their accounts using a password that the company will generate and text to the user.
Users only need to go to the Security settings of their account and click the slider for ‘On-Demand’ password to switch it on. It will ask for the user’s phone number and Yahoo will send a code to it to register that number. The next time you log-in, the password space is replaced by a ‘send my password’ button which will send a four-character code to your number.
“This is the first step toward eliminating passwords,” Dylan Casey, Yahoo’s Vice President of Product Management for Consumer Platforms, said during a session at SXSW.
“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,” he added.
The feature is similar to Gmail’s optional two-step verification system, except this one doesn’t require the user to input their original password. It is unclear if the Yahoo feature has a backup login method for instances when networks are experiencing problems, resulting in a delay of the text.
On-demand passwords are now available for US users only. – Rappler.com