August 10, 2012
Despite the popularity of micro blogging, instant messaging and social networks, email still plays a huge role in communicating across the internet. This fact is not lost on the big players, who are actively looking for ways to add value to their email services. We have already reported on some changes Google have made to Gmail by implementing the OAuth protocol to make it more open and secure for external access, but it seems that Yahoo beat them to the post, who have also implemented OAuth for their Yahoo Mail API.
The promise of sharing our data from one site with another raises plenty of privacy concerns. While not all of these worries can be solved by technology, one definitely can. You should not have to share your password in order for services to access your content on other sites. That's where OAuth comes in. It's "an open protocol to allow secure API authorization in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications."