Date
27 March 2017
Yahoo's new verification service will relieve its email users of having to tear their hair out trying to remember their passwords. Photo: businesscomputing.co.uk
Yahoo's new verification service will relieve its email users of having to tear their hair out trying to remember their passwords. Photo: businesscomputing.co.uk

Yahoo aims to phase out passwords with new verification service

Find it difficult to remember all the passwords you’ve set up for your email and other accounts?

Worried that someone might steal your email password and get access to your private messages?

Yahoo has heard your cries of fear and frustration.

The internet giant is taking the next step in password security by eliminating passwords altogether, Reuters reported.

Starting Thursday, the company announced, users of the Yahoo Mail app on the iOS or Android operating systems will have access to a new service called Yahoo Account Key.

When users who sign up for Account Key try to access Yahoo Mail, they will no longer need to enter their password.

Instead, the Account Key service will send a message to the smartphone linked to the account.

With a tap on yes or no, users can indicate either that it is a legitimate attempt to get into the account or deny unauthorized access.

If their smartphone is lost or stolen, users can verify their identity through an email or a text message sent to alternative accounts and numbers.

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