Yahoo’s newest security update has removed the need for details usually synonymous with the concept.
A new feature launched in an updated Yahoo Mail on Thursday evening (AEST), eliminated the need for a password in the sign-on process.
Rather, users sign in with a digitally generated code sent to their smartphone, once they link with the device’s application.
“Passwords are usually simple to hack and easy to forget,” the company said in a statement.
“Account Key streamlines the sign-in process with a secure, elegant and easy-to-use interface that makes access as easy as tapping a button.
“It’s also more secure than a traditional password because once you activate Account Key — even if someone gets access to your account info — they can’t sign in.”
This was because the code was generated once an attempt to log-in was made and provided with information of the user.
From there, they could select to approve or reject the request.
The feature was offered on an opt-in basis, so those who preferred to endure remembering and entering passwords manually could continue to do so.
Other new features in the update included a ‘multiple mailbox’ manager to combine separate accounts in the one place, better archived searching and the automatic suggestion of contacts when composing a message.