STATES CHRONICLE – We’re moving forward into a new age, and Yahoo!Mail app drops the password, which has become a rather poor security method against hackers. The time when picking out a simple string of letters was safe has come to an end. Now, it’s time to move on to new measures that would make your email accounts a bit safer.
Considering that, at one point, ‘12345’ was perhaps a good enough password, it is time to come up with new measures. Yahoo! is on only the latest who admitted that the logging in method is littered with vulnerabilities. And that’s the case in spite of today’s demands when making a new account.
Most of us have been through the experience of being required to pick a password that’s widely varied, with at least one capital letter, one punctuation, one number, and then it should also be at least 12 characters for the sake of a ‘medium safety’. More often than not, it becomes difficult to remember.
Thus, most resort to keeping the same one password for all services, be it Yahoo!, Gmail, AOL, or any other account made across the internet. It heightens the vulnerability when just one of them is hacked.
Those two factors are, in fact, the most common problem that Yahoo!’s new security measures mans to tackle, according to one of the company’s spokesman. Thus, they are now introducing Yahoo! Account Key, a feature that is meant to keep your account safe by linking it to your smartphone, and essentially taking out the notion of needing to remember your password.
The new service, updated for their mobile app, works relatively simple. A user enters their username, selects the Account Key option, and then are sent a push notification on their phone to let them know that someone is attempting to enter their email account. This asks the user to confirm that it’s indeed them who is trying to log in.
In essence, Yahoo! is having a go at replacing old passwords with smartphone notifications. They acknowledge that most of their users have additional accounts on numerous other services.
This is only backed by the fact that using password has officially become the most vulnerable security measure online. They’re easy to hack, and Yahoo! is promising that Account Key will be undoubtedly more secure.
The smartphone app has also seen an update which will allow it to connect with competing services, such as Hotmail, Outlook.com, or AOL.
Both upgrades will be rolling out on both Android and iOS devices, seeking to improve upon past vulnerabilities. It remains to be seen how old users will take to the changes, considering most stand firmly against them.
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