Raw deal? Yahoo claims to save you from having to remember your multiple passwords

Technology has almost everything to thank for in the current world. Broken distance and time barriers, convenience and efficiency all resulting to one social community that means more than just a network. Even so, you need to be up to date with the dynamic industry that again could mean hell for anyone sitting comfortable.

Hacking is almost a profession today and incidentally, not all hacking is malicious. Hackers have become part of almost every organization’s workforce something that sounded so wrong a decade ago.

Cyber security is without doubt a top issue in the technology world today and any tech savvy will advise often change of passwords to any accounts under your name as well as shrewd ways of coming up with passwords.

Yahoo is however on reverse campaign in a bid to eliminate password use. Yes, do away with the use of passwords since individuals seem to have way too many accounts to even remember simple passwords. This is the “on-demand” password that lets you log into a yahoo account using a short password, the company sends to your account instead of having to peruse through a list of passwords you have probably written down.

All you have to do is log into your account using your normal password, go to the security settings, turn on the “on-demand” passwords and register your phone. The next time you try to login, the password field is replaced by a button that says “send my password” and you will instantly receive a four character password on your phone to access account.

My two cents

I have a terrible memory when it comes to passwords. It is way terrible than anyone’s I have met that I have to write them down in some sort of way no one would recognize. Yahoo’s idea is the sound of magic to my ears but at the same time I am skeptical about this new service.

LastPass a password management service that seeks to resolve the password fatigue problem by centralizing user password management in the cloud sounded a great idea until I noticed the emphasized use of cloud to access my documents wherever and whenever I needed to.

Using my own smartphone is technically easy and without so many attachments and spread of personal information therefore making the process easy. As much as it is easy for the user, it gets easier for hackers as well!

Yahoo may attribute Gmail’s two factor authentication process of logging into websites similar to “on-demand” password but without the first part which is first using normal password then receiving a password to access the same from the company, my trust still remains shaky.

Email is used in many ways the most common being communication which in most cases is business related and on a professional level. Email accounts have also played a big role in creating storage spaces for documents. It turns out users are most confident storing documents in their email accounts than desktops, quite understandable because this are literally piles of files on the run.

In a case you have to dash from meeting to meeting, forgetting your password during a presentation is the last thing you want. “on-demand” works convenience for users in a scenario you want to access your account fast saving you the hassle of having to go through a verification process to regain your account in case you put in the wrong password.

Looking at it from a more personalized perspective, this might just give snooping spouses and friends easy access to more personal information and documents. Your workmates will also have easy access to your emails or any documents you might feel important and very personal. “On-Demand” is the easy way out of those strings of passwords at the same time an easy way of signing up to frequent cyberhacking.



Winfred Kuria854 Posts

Winfred Kuria is a self-constituted web content writer in charge of Tech News and Events Publicity at Kachwanya.com. She will communicate in the simplest way possible with an aim of changing the world one mind at a time.


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