Yahoo! have now joined Google in adding 2-step verification for account security although it is only ‘beta’ right now. This means, after you login to your account with your password, you will have to verify the code sent to your mobile device or will have to answer a security question. It’s about time too. I personally believe the 2-step verification should be set as default for any cloud-based account.
Yahoo! users will have to enable the second sign-in verification feature from their Yahoo! account information page. You will be asked to enter a mobile phone number for authentication. The number will be verified by SMS before the new account verification option is enabled for your account.
Note: This 2-step verification is only available in the US, Canada, India and the Philippines. It is expected to launch in March 2012 for all Yahoo! users.
Yahoo! users can enable this new security feature on the following page:
- OPTION: You can also sign in on the Yahoo! homepage if you wish
- Hover over your name and select ‘Account Information’ from ‘options’ to open your profile preferences and select the new security option
Worth noting, if you do indeed turn on the new account verification service, you will have the option to use your security question and mobile phone (or only your mobile phone) to authenticate your account ownership.
Safe surfing folks!