Either I have been oblivious to the fact that Yahoo supports 2-factor authentication (aka 2-step verification) or Yahoo does a poor job of promoting this feature (probably more the former than the latter).
After scouring the Twitterverse (yes, Twitter is my favorite social network) I came across this tweet:
@richardcyates @chanimehro But yahoo/Flickr 2-step verification seem only SMS-based? Can’t use the MS authenticator app?
— Massis Sirapian (@Massis_) October 23, 2014
Puzzled/excited at the prospect of finally receiving 2-factor authentication for my Yahoo accounts, I googled (sorry Yahoo!) upon this ancient (although recently updated) article on C|Net (note: video is from Yahoo’s help page):
“Yahoo Mail: Yahoo’s Second Sign-in Verification requires that you answer a security question or enter a verification code when signing in to your Yahoo account from an unverified computer or device. To enable the feature, sign in to your Yahoo account, click the down arrow next to your name in the top-left corner of the screen, and choose Account Info (you’ll be prompted to re-enter your password).”
“Click “Set up your second sign-in verification” under Sign-in and Security. Check the box on the screen that appears, and either use an existing number or add a mobile phone number. Once the feature is active, you’ll see a “Success!” message on the Yahoo verification page.“
Now that I’ve (relatively) secured my Yahoo account, I’ve re-downloaded not only the Yahoo app, but also Flickr as well (the latter which I upgraded to Pro—I’m @DarnellClayton over there for what it’s worth).
I also downloaded Yahoo mail for my Google hating friends (I kid, I kid!), who can now email me at DarnellClayton [at] ymail [dot] com (yes, Ymail.com use to be an option way back when).