Remembering passwords is one of the most arduous of tasks. Yahoo is working on eliminating the concept of passwords, and has taken the first step towards it by introducing a password-free login system.
Yahoo calls it “on-demand” password, and here’s how it works. Rather than logging in using a username and password, now you will only need to put in your username, and Yahoo will send a unique code to your registered mobile phone via SMS.
This login system is quite similar to the “two-step authentication” being used by many tech companies — albeit with one key step missing. You do not need to type in your primary password first to get a unique code on your phone. So in essence, Yahoo has eliminated the need for passwords.
Yahoo’s VP Dylan Casey said as much to CNET, claiming that this feature is “the first step to eliminating passwords.”
Here’s how you can enable Yahoo’s on-demand password system. Sign into your yahoo.com account, and then head to the account information page. On the left bar select “Security,” and then enable the on-demand passwords system by clicking on the slider. Once you have entered your phone number, Yahoo will send you a unique code, which you need to enter to enable the login system.
There is however one small catch. This login system is currently only available in the US, with no word on when Yahoo plans on rolling it out to users globally. It also remains to be seen just how secure Yahoo’s on-demand password system is. In theory it seems to be less secure than two-step authentication system, since your account can be compromised if your phone falls into the wrong hands.