If you use Yahoo! Mail, you may never have to remember a password again. The company is offering on-demand passwords, which will be sent to your phone in a text message each time you need to log into you e-mail account.
That password is only valid for that log-in. The next time you need to log in, another password will be sent to your phone.
Here’s how to set it up. Go to your Yahoo! Mail account and click on your name in the upper-right corner and then click on your account.
Click on Account security.
Under On-demand passwords, click Get started.
You’ll see this window.
You can then enter your phone number and you’ll receive a text message to test the service.
You’ll receive a text with a code to enter.
Then a notification that on-demand passwords are enabled. Please note that some e-mail clients like Android Mail, iOS Mail and Outlook don’t support on-demand passwords.
Now, each time you need to log into your account, you’ll enter your username and Yahoo! will text you a one-time use password.
To turn On-demand passwords off, just go to Account security and move the toggle switch next to On-demand to the off position.
Your password will then revert to the password you were using before you switched to On-demand.
So far this service is only available to users in the U.S. Many services are looking for ways to phase out passwords, many of the ideas leaning towards biometrics such as fingerprints or retina scans.