Is there a way to secure my Yahoo! ID information beyond passwords?

What I mean is for example, Google has implemented a 2-way verification wherein, after a Google account logs in to a new computer besides the one I typically use, it requests for a validation code that it can use to verify my authenticity and thus, would send a verification code to my 'phone via text.

For Facebook, I set it so that if a new computer uses my Facebook account, the user will be asked to enter a computer name or identity and I will be notified that x computer signed in to my account thus giving me enough time to go online and possibly gain control of my Facebook account.

As for Yahoo!, what options do I have?


As of March 2011, I don't think Yahoo implement the functionality you are asking for.

If you are concerned about security then the only thing I can recommend is:

  • Reduce the amount of time Yahoo keeps you signed in for to a day.
  • Implement the Sign-In Seal
  • Set your default Location and periodically check it to see if anyone has logged in to your account elsewhere.

Yahoo offers Add two-step verification for extra security:

Two-step verification is another layer of security that uses your password plus a code to verify your identity when you sign in to your account on a new, unrecognized device for the first time or after clearing the cache in your browser. We'll send your cell phone a code by text or phone call that only you'll have access to.

Turn two-step verification on or off

If you lose your cell phone, you'll need to sign in on a recognized device that you've used in the past to sign in to your Yahoo account.

  1. Sign in and go to your Account security page.
  2. Next to Two-step verification, click the toggle button to enable click the on-Off icon in the two-step verification process.
  3. Enter your mobile number.
  4. Click Send SMS to receive a text message with a code or Call me to receive a phone call.
  5. Enter the verification code | click Verify.
  6. The next window refers to the use of apps like iOS Mail or Outlook. Click Create app password to reconnect your apps. See the section below for more info.

Want to turn it off? Simply click the toggle button Use the on-off button under Two-step verification to disable.

Using two-step verification with apps

Some apps (like iOS Mail, Android Mail, Outlook, and Yahoo messenger for PC) require a specific password to connect that app with Yahoo. If you enable two-step verification, you'll need to create a third-party app password to use in apps like these.

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