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Yahoo lets users ditch traditional passwords, sends one 'on demand'

Yahoo lets users ditch traditional passwords, sends one 'on demand'
Text messages play an important role in Yahoo's new way of letting users log into their accounts. (Karen Bleier / AFP/Getty Images)

Yahoo has a new way to get users to change their passwords more often: offering an option to not choose a password in the first place.

Yahoo announced Sunday that U.S. users can opt to have the company text them a one-time password every time they log on. A non-Yahoo email address can serve as a backup when a phone's not around.

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Some computer security experts are perplexed by Yahoo's "on-demand password" because someone who has their phone stolen could have their Yahoo account quickly taken over. They argue that it'd be better if users turn on a different feature offered by Yahoo that requires them to remember a password they've chosen and also a enter a second one that's texted to them.

But so few people can remember passwords or bother to change them regularly that Yahoo says the new routine is still a step forward. Either on-demand passwords or the two-password feature can be turned on from the security tab on the Yahoo account information page.

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