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This article was published on September 30, 2013

Yahoo beefs up account security by launching temporary passwords for its Android and iOS apps

Yahoo beefs up account security by launching temporary passwords for its Android and iOS apps Image by: Justin Sullivan
Emil Protalinski
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Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Yahoo today announced yet another layer of security for its users: app passwords for Android and iOS. The new feature means you can control who has access to your apps even when your mobile device is lost or stolen.

Yahoo describes an App Password as a temporary password that you can enter into its native Android and iOS apps “for added protection” and thus authorize a device to access them. A new temporary password is created for each app and device.

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To enable the feature, go into your Yahoo account settings, turn on second sign-in verification, and generate a one-time app password. Next, enter the password in your mobile app, and your device will be permanently logged-in.

If you misplace your device, you can easily revoke access to each individual app and device from the settings page. This means whoever finds your device will be locked out of your Yahoo apps even though you left them logged-in.

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This also means you don’t have to change your Yahoo password when you lose your device, unless of course you forgot to logout of your account in the browser. That being said, you should probably change your password as often as possible.

If you’re as annoyed with Yahoo’s small screenshots as we are, you’ll like this YouTube video for explaining the new feature a bit better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCsbm3sCosw

While temporary app passwords aren’t perfect (they require quite a bit of setup time that most users simply don’t have) but they’re certainly a move in the right direction. Yahoo needs to make improvements like this one as its security track record, especially when it comes to its email accounts, is abysmal.

See also – Yahoo Mail users quietly given HTTPS security option following pressure from privacy advocates and Despite its efforts to fix vulnerabilities, Yahoo’s Mail users continue reporting hacking incidents

Top Image Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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