Protect Your Yahoo! Account with a Sign-in Seal
Article by George Norman
On 11 Jun 2010
This whole month is National Internet Safety Month and Yahoo! is certainly doing its part. First up, Yahoo! recently unveiled its tips on how to manage your online image and keep yourself and your child safe online. Now Yahoo! is putting the spotlight on an online safety tool that has been created to protect your sensitive information.

“Have you ever wondered how online hackers gain access to your personal information? What if I told you that in many cases it was YOU who provided them with the information they need to gain access to the data you value most? It’s true, but a free tool called the “sign-in seal” is one way to avoid becoming victim to piracy,” commented Yahoo!’s head of Customer Advocacy, Jeff Russakow.


By taking the time to set up a sign-in seal you can make sure that the site you’re on is a legitimate Yahoo! site and not a phishing site. The sign-in seal isn’t something terribly complicated – it is simply a secret message or an image you select. When you want to log into your Yahoo! Mail account for example, you will see the secret message of the image and you’ll know you’re about to log into your email account. If you don’t see the secret message or image, it means you’re probably on a phishing site.

Please note that if you log into your account from different computers, you may not get to see the sign-in seal. The seal is displayed only on the computer you created it on. So if you created a sign-in seal on your home computer, do not expect to see it when you sign-in from your work computer.

“If you use more than one computer or browser, you can choose to create a sign-in seal for each. If you don’t see your sign-in seal on the sign-in page, the webpage you’ve opened is likely a fake Yahoo! page. If this happens, you should report the incident to Yahoo! customer care immediately! Another important tip: do NOT create a sign-in seal on a computer you share with strangers such as those in libraries, Internet cafes, and other public hot spots,” added Jeff Russakow

If you don’t know how to create a sign-in seal, check out
this article on Yahoo! Help.

Tags: Yahoo!, National Internet Safety Month, Sign-in seal
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