Why does yahoo require me to authenticate myself via a text to me phone?

by on October 14, 2012

Q: Every time I try to sign in to yahoo mail, I get a small window demanding a phone number for them to send me a code which is to be entered in the next pop up window which takes me to a page wanting me to chamge my “weak” password. I click the link to by pass this page to my mail but the system won’t let me “stay signed in” and the next time I try to sign in, it’s the same thing all over again. Contacting yahoo is more difficult than contacting the dead. Is there any way around this or do I just have to dump yahoo.


One Response to “Why does yahoo require me to authenticate myself via a text to me phone?”
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    My guess would be, and this is just a guess, that either your account has been hacked and has been used to send mass emails or yahoo is being proactive and is contacting everyone that has a weak password.

    My suggestion would be that you make sure you have a more secure password and make sure all your contact info is updated.

    It is also possible you have two method authentication turned on if yahoo supports it.