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Yahoo To Open Up Email Authentication

justMichael The article and blurb are a little incorrect (75 comments)

The code will be released late in 2006. Yahoo notes that there are 'no security risks' since they keep absolute control of usernames and passwords.
This was released on Friday, and I spent a couple hours adding it to Feed Harvesst.

It works pretty well, though I'm not all that big a fan of the process of logging in. The process goes like this:
  1. Redirect the user to Yahoo!
  2. User logs into Yahoo!
  3. User has to confim that they are allowing your site access to their data (for Feed Harvest it's only an auth, no access)
  4. Yahoo! redirects the user back to you with an optional hash so you can keep track of the users account on your side.

This all seems reasonable, but I think I'd like to see the ability to set a pref so that you don't have to confirm every time. Other than that it does lower the barrier to entry for a site/service.

You have to choose the level of acccess when you register your app. When I registered the choices were (from memory):
  • Auth Only
  • Read/Write access to Yahoo! Mail
  • Read access to Photos
  • Read/Write access to photos

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