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Yahoo gets rid of passwords with new “Account Key”

by Todd Haselton | October 15, 2015October 15, 2015 7:00 am PST

Yahoo on Thursday announced a new overhaul to Yahoo Mail, complete with smart folders, a new user interface and more. But perhaps more important is another feature that Yahoo also introduced. It’s called Account Key and it replaces the need for you to remember a password each time you want to log in. It’s also more secure.

Account Key works similarly to two-factor authentication in that it adds an extra layer of security on top of your password, preventing someone from logging into your account even if they have your username and password.

Yahoo Account Key “uses push notifications to provide a quick and simple way for you to access a Yahoo account using your mobile device,” the company said. “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.”


Yahoo will ask whether or not you want to login using Account Key when you try to log in. Then it will send a push notification to the smartphone that it knows is registered to you. Simply tap the notification, and you’ll have full access to Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo said it plans to roll out Account Key to other services this year.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...