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Yahoo Looks To Improve Mail Client With The Introduction Of End-To-End Encryption And On-Demand Passwords

March 16, 2015 - Written By John Anon

Over more recent times, security has become far more prevalent in terms of people’s minds. Whether it is security while shopping online, security while emailing or just security while browsing, keeping your data safe from prying eyes is quickly becoming a sales feature all of its own. In fact, since the latest android operating system update Android 5.0 (Lollipop) came along, there has been many additional features being included designed with an emphasis on security. With that in mind, Yahoo have today over the weekend announced a couple of new features being added to its mail platform, Yahoo Mail, designed to keep you and your info much safer going forward.

The first of these additions is the use of what Yahoo refer to as ‘On-demand passwords’. The concept behind this addition is rather self-explanatory and offers users the ability to generate on-the-fly passwords so that you can log into your account without having to memorize difficult or complex passwords. Instead, once registered, a user can simply use your phone to receive a password which will log you into your account. Of course, to take advantage of the service you will need to register your phone number with your Mail account and opt into the service, which can be done through your Yahoo Mail’s ‘account’ section and under ‘Security’.

The second new addition being launched to help improve security for Yahoo Mail is a plugin which can now be installed to provide users with end-to-end encryption. This will allow you to makes sure any data or content which is sent via Yahoo mail is encrypted locally and remains so until it reaches its destination. As a way to try and further improve the level of end-to-end encryption, Yahoo also added the feature to a ‘Bug Bounty’ program, offering security hackers and accompanied the opportunity to highlight any vulnerabilities before the feature sees a more detailed roll-out towards the end of the year. You can find out more details on the new end-to-end encryption feature by checking out the video below. In the meantime let us know what you think of Yahoo’s new security features.