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Yahoo! Wants You To Forget Your Password

Saturday, March 21st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Security Help

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.

~ Cynthia


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29 Responses to “Yahoo! Wants You To Forget Your Password”

  1. Lola E says:

    I will not be sing this new idea at all. Like others I only use my cell phone when I am out and I get charged for every text sent or read. No I prefer to have my password just like it is. if yahoo changes and makes it so this is a ‘must do thing’…I will be using another email.

  2. Shirley Parker says:

    The time each day would waist too long. One password remembered is quick and easy. Phone call and wait —too long and inconvenient. Am still trying to get rid of the name: “ME” as my address that came with yahoo changes and cannot get to Yahoo to go back to my initials. I dislike it greatly.

  3. dmans says:

    i frequently travel and so I use the local SIM card of that country (ie another number while in that country, obviously to save roaming charges.

    This means I cannot log into my yahoo account.

    This means that I have to pay for roaming charges to have the Password SMS sent to my registered number.

  4. R Baskaran says:

    I am from India. If this feature is enabled in India, I will definitely use it. To some extent e-mail hacking can be checked if this on-demand password is introduced..

  5. Stew says:

    If they make this mandatory I will drop yahoo altogether.

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