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Yahoo finally encrypts its email servers

If you're using https and you know it clap your hands
Wed Jan 08 2014, 17:25
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INTERNET PORTAL Yahoo has made good on its promise to encrypt its popular webmail service.

The company had received a lot of criticism for not invoking https encryption on its webmail service a decade after most rival services did.

From today, the Yahoo Mail company blog informs us, the https protocol with 2048bit encryption will be switched on by default for Yahoo Mail customers, not only to encrypt their email but also to protect against many of the security threats that have dogged the Yahoo service.

Yahoo Mail was launched in 1997 and along with America Online (AOL) and Microsoft's Hotmail it was largely responsible for bringing email access to the masses in the US and other countries.

However, Yahoo has not kept up with the growing threats from cyber criminals and its users have been the victims of significant amounts of spam and embedded viruses, as well as security leaks allowing user information to be compromised and accounts hijacked.

The news comes as part of a concerted effort led by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to revive the company's fortunes, which she touched on in her keynote speech at this year's CES.

Other Yahoo initiatives include a headline news app based on Summly, which it purchased from a British teenager for a rumoured seven-figure sum, and the purchase of Aviate, the context aware home screen acquisition that Mayer announced on Tuesday. µ


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