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October 16, 2015

Yahoo Mail App Drops Passwords in Favor of Push Notifications

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Yahoo Mail is celebrating 18 years in operation and, to mark the milestone, the company plans to kill the password.

The Internet firm has launched Account Key which uses push notifications in place of passwords.

“No matter where you are on the Internet, passwords are a pain,” Yahoo said in a press release.

tumblr_inline_nw90gpBPjf1qhxx5s_500“We’re happy to announce a big step forward to a password-free future with Yahoo Account Key. Account Key uses push notifications to provide a fast and secure way for you to access your Yahoo accounts from your Smartphone. It frees you from memorizing complicated passwords, making signing-in to your Yahoo Mail app easy as tapping a button.”

Account Key comes as part of Yahoo’s new mobile apps for Android and iOS that the company describes as “fast, intuitive and beautiful,” not to mention “fast and responsive.”

The Yahoo Mail app can also now support third-party e-mail accounts, meaning users can add Outlook, Hotmail and AOL e-mail accounts to their app.

For each connected mailbox, users will have access to a number of features — search, smart contacts and auto-suggest, rich compose — across all of their e-mails.

The new features are available globally on the Yahoo Mail app while for desktop, it is currently available only for U.S. English users.

The new Yahoo Mail app also makes it easier to send photos and videos and add a little pizzazz to messages with colorful avatars.

To see the app in action, checkout the video below.



Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.