If you use Yahoo Mail, you should enable the feature now (unfortunately it’s not on by default). For those who don’t know, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a secure communications protocol.
We say the feature has been added “quietly” because Yahoo hasn’t announced it via a press release nor a blog post. In fact, the EFF was one of the 26 organizations (along with the ACLU, Reporters Without Borders, and many others) that in November urged Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to add an HTTPS option for the sake of improving users’ privacy and security.


While support for HTTPS has been requested for a long time (we’re talking years) by Yahoo Mail users and privacy advocates alike, it seems the letter was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The service was recently hacked via an XSS exploit, which Yahoo has since patched, and now we’re learning the company has also quietly rolled out an HTTPS option (finally). The first to cover the news was actually the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is naturally happy about the move. The option helps improve privacy when accessing email, especially over public WiFi connections, where anyone can attempt to hijack packets going between Yahoo and your browser.


Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. And thanks to everyone involved with our letter for helping emphasize the importance of this security measure (particularly to Front Line Defenders, the Tactical Technology Collective, and Aspiration for bringing many of us together).



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