Yahoo! Mail Boosts Security, Uses HTTPS By Default
Article by George Norman
On 09 Jan 2014
If you see HTTPS in the URL bar in your browser, it means you’re browsing on a secure, encrypted connection. Security oriented users will always prefer to browse on HTTPS as opposed to HTTP.

The Yahoo! Mail team recently announced that is now using HTTPS by default. If you check your inbox on your desktop machine or on your smartphone, you’re connecting to your Yahoo! Mail account via a secure, encrypted HTTPS connection.


Since you never know if the bad guys are snooping on you, security oriented users don’t browse the web on an unprotected HTTP connection, they browse the web on a secure and encrypted HTTPS connection. And because companies care about safety and want their users to have a hassle free experience, they’re making HTTPS the default.

Google made HTTPS the norm, Twitter adopted the more secure option, and so did incredibly popular social networking site Facebook. Back in October, another big name company from the software world said it would join the list. Yahoo! announced in October that it will use HTTPS by default for its email service, the appropriately named Yahoo! Mail.

True to its word, Yahoo! did as announced.
As of January 8th 2014, Yahoo! uses HTTPS by default for Yahoo! Mail.

“Anytime you use Yahoo Mail - whether it’s on the web, mobile web, mobile apps, or via IMAP, POP or SMTP- it is 100% encrypted by default and protected with 2,048 bit certificates. This encryption extends to your emails, attachments, contacts, as well as Calendar and Messenger in Mail,” explained Jeff Bonforte, SVP of Communication Products.

“Security is a key focus for us and we’ll continue to enhance our security technology and policies so we can provide a safe and secure experience for our users,” Bonforte added.

Click here to get started with Yahoo!’s email service Yahoo! Mail.

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