▶ Yahoo has recently introduced SSL encryption to their email users. If you have one, then learn to activate SSL on your Yahoo mail account and increase its security further.
▶ SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, is a protocol that encrypts data at the sender and decrypts data at the receiver making unauthorized access to the data practically impossible.
▶ Just login to your Yahoo mail, click on Settings icon at the top left of the screen, now choose Mail Options from the drop down list. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and tick the Turn on SSL and click Save at the top. That’s it.
▶ For a detailed step-by-step tutorial along with screenshots, scroll down the article.
▶ I would strongly recommend all Yahoo Mail users to turn this feature on for greater security of your emails.
For those of you who don’t know, Yahoo was the first company to start a search engine and not Google. Yahoo! Inc. was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994.
Again, Yahoo was first to even start their free email service called Yahoo! Mail. It was started in the year 1997.
But as years passed, Google out of its sheer innovation and simplicity has simply taken over Yahoo.
However, Yahoo! Mail is still the third largest web-based email service provider and the most popular webmail service provider in the US.
Currently, Yahoo! offers three versions of Yahoo! Mail. The traditional “Yahoo! Mail Classic” introduced in 1997, the second version introduced in 2005 included a new Ajax interface, drag-and-drop, improved search functionality, keyboard shortcuts, address auto-complete, tabs, and more and the final was in Oct 2010, which included a new design, improved performance, improved search functionality, and improved Facebook integration.
In spite of all those firsts, Yahoo is the last of its competition to introduce SSL encryption for Yahoo Mail users. Google and Microsoft already have SSL encryption enabled by default on their Gmail and Outlook services.
Yahoo has automatic SSL protection enabled for their apps on Android, iOS and Windows 8, however not for signed in users in a desktop web browser.
Just do a quick check if you want to verify this, the account login page uses the SSL (you will notice a https:// in the address bar), but once you are logged-in, there will be no SSL (you will only see http://) .
Now most of you would ask me – What is SSL and why do we need it? Does it make any difference?
What is SSL? Why do we need it?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer.
It is a protocol that encrypts data at the sender and decrypts data at the receiver making unauthorized access to the data practically impossible.
Thus, having SSL enabled on your Yahoo! Mail can prevent unauthorized parties from gaining access to sensitive, confidential, or personal information that you send in your emails.
Well, if you thoroughly want to know more about SSL and its working, here is the SSL webopedia link for you.
In my opinion, SSL is very important for any email service. Even though it’s optional for Yahoo Mail users, I would strongly recommend you to turn it on for security purposes.
So, in this article, you will learn to activate SSL on your Yahoo mail account.
How to activate SSL on your Yahoo Mail Account?
1. Just login to your Yahoo Mail.
2. On the right top of the screen, you will find the Settings icon, just click on it and select Mail Options as seen in the screen-shot below.
3. Now, scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find a checkbox saying Turn on SSL – “Make your Yahoo! Mail more secure with SSL (i.e. preventing others from accessing your account at Internet cafes)”.
Just tick the checkbox.
A notification pops up telling you that Yahoo! Mail needs to refresh once you hit on the save button. Click on OK.
Next, click Save at the top of the screen.
4. Now, you should see a lock and https:// as seen in the screen shot below.
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SSL supported browsers for Yahoo! Mail
These are some of the browsers that currently support SSL for Yahoo Mail on Windows PC:
- Firefox 3.5 and higher
- Chrome 5.0 and higher
- Internet Explorer 7.0 and higher
- Safari 4.0 and higher
It’s good to see Yahoo making some efforts to better its email service.
This is definitely a welcome feature as it would protect your emails from unauthorized access from other people.
Hope this article helped you to activate SSL on your Yahoo mail account.
Check out this Yahoo! Help page for additional information about enabling or disabling SSL.
Let me know if you find problems in enabling SSL on your Yahoo Mail via the comments below.