We have been raised for decades with the idea that passwords can be the only thing that can stand between us and someone who tries to seek information about our accounts. Naturally, stating that passwords could be a thing of the past would raise many eyebrows, but this is exactly what Yahoo intends to do. And it was confirmed by one of its representatives: Fernando Delgado.
When speaking about the issue, Delgado declared that Yahoo is “basically going to kill passwords.” Big words that require a big solution, especially for a planet on which millions of people use different accounts and passwords for them. We have been educated with the idea that an account, whether it is a Yahoo, Google or whatever else, requires a password. So how are we going to be talked out of it?
Apparently the fact that passwords could be a thing of the past is only one of the many features that Yahoo has in store for us. They are specifically targeting iOS and Android apps which, together with the Yahoo Mail Web interface, will be able to support a greater number of email accounts. That’s right, you are not going to be surfing the web with only one email, but with several at the same time.
The new service is called Yahoo Account Key and it looks like it is using some sort of push notifications to verify its user rather than prompt him or her to type in passwords over and over again. According to Delgado, the system that we have been using for so many years has become rather complex and it is not the most suitable way to protect users from people who really want to steal their information.
We would find it accurate to compare this Yahoo Account Key with Duo Mobile. If you do not know what we are talking about, it is a system in which you just get an OK confirmation on your device before you access a safe site. Yahoo have a two-step plan for this system: they will first launch it for their email services, and then for other web features that they have in mind.
So what do you think? Is it fair that Yahoo makes this move? Is it smart? Or is it even safe? Ok confirmations and pushing buttons do not really seem too safe. They actually give thieves reasons to rob us.
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