Yahoo! Mail Beta Almost Out of Beta and 5 Tips to Outsmart Phishers
Article by George Norman
On 12 Apr 2011
Here are a couple of news that I thought go well together. The first one is that Yahoo! Mail Beta is getting close to shedding its Beta tag. Yahoo! Mail Beta has been around as a Beta for some 5 months now. Senior Product Manager with Yahoo! Mail, Stephanie Shum, announced that “we’re almost ready to take off the Beta label”.

What does Yahoo! Mail Beta have to offer? In a nutshell, it comes with a cleaner, sleeker user interface, it is faster than ever before, and it offers better spam protection than ever before. You can learn more about Yahoo! Mail Beta and perhaps give it a try by going here.

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“For those of you who have been using Yahoo! Mail Beta, thank you for your fantastic feedback. We’ve been listening and will continue to release new features and fixes as we roll out this newest version of Yahoo! Mail everywhere!” added Stephanie Shum.

Here’s the second news: the Yahoo! Mail team has shared 5 tips to outsmart phishers. Senior Director of Product Management with Yahoo! Mail, David McDowell explained that significant resources are used to identify and prevent phishing emails from reaching the users’ inbox, but stopping fishers is a joint effort – the user has to pitch in as well. In the fight against phishers, McDowell said that users must keep the following 5 tips in mind:

Do not use the same password over and over again – If a phisher tricks you into giving out the password for one of your accounts, said phisher will try that password on your other accounts. If you use one password for all accounts, if you recycle your password, then all your accounts are vulnerable.

Don’t send sensitive info via email – If you receive a message asking you to send your password or account information in an email, that message is definitely a phishing attempt. What you should do is mark that message as spam. If you receive a message that asks you to click a link, it’s better to not click said link. Phishers can make it seem like the message originates from a trustworthy company to trick you; when you click the link, you will be taken to a phishing site.

Check to see who sent you a message – In the “From” line you can view information on who sent you a message. “ If the 'From' line seems too generic or the domain does not clearly identify who the sender is, such as 'yourbank@freemmail.com', or 'servicealerts@mail-boxes.us', then it’s likely a hoax. Be safe, not sorry,” said David McDowell.

Be suspicious – sometimes one of your friends will have his account compromised and you will receive messages from that compromised account, messages that invite you to click on a link. Be suspicious if a friend sends you a link that seems phishy, said McDowell. Warn your friend that his account has been compromised.

Use security software – keep your system virus free by using security software solutions. There are viruses that will steal your passwords and send them to the bad guys. It is thus very important that you use security software to keep your system safe and secure.



Tags: Yahoo!, Yahoo! Mail Beta, Security, Phishing
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