How to secure your Yahoo Mail account properly

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  1. Scott Elsdon
    January 31, 2014

    I have a one step much simpler tip. Get a Gmail account.

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    • Nebulus
      January 31, 2014

      Which is no more secure than Yahoo! and requires the same amount of steps to properly secure… So I would say that choosing between Yahoo! and GMail is a matter of personal choice.

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  2. Dwight Stegall
    January 31, 2014

    Yahoo Mail will continue to be easy to hack until Yahoo allows more than 32 characters in passwords. If Gmail has a limit I haven’t found it yet.

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    • Nebulus
      January 31, 2014

      I don’t think that a 32 character password limit has anything to do with hacking an email service. Yes, I agree that the limit shouldn’t exist in order to accommodate more security conscious users, but most people barely have a 10 characters long password, so raising the limit by itself doesn’t improve security too much.
      In the case of the current attack however, it seems that the passwords were collected somewhere else, so the whole argument about the limit doesn’t apply in this particular situation.

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      • Martin Brinkmann
        January 31, 2014

        What could help is raise the minimum character limit ;) Then again, you’d probably scare away quite a few users in the process.

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  3. joebatch2004@yahoo.com
    January 31, 2014

    It seems that we the users can use all of the 100 word passwords,virus protections,firewall,etc in the world but until Yahoo,Google etc stop focusing on how many ad’s and commercials they can cram onto their sites we will always be screwed. They are too focused on how much money they can make to be concerned about safety and consumer protection.

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  4. George
    January 31, 2014

    Martin, your comment regarding Yahoo passwords:
    “…It should contain a mixture of upper- and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.”

    Yahoo limits special characters to “_” and “-“.

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    • Martin Brinkmann
      January 31, 2014

      That’s not much, but still better than nothing I assume.

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    • SubgeniusD
      February 5, 2014

      My yahoo pwd includes a ” * ” character. But for my (primary) EarthLink account only standard upper-lower case letters and numerals are permitted with an unbelievable 8 character limit.

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  5. Sam Hanna
    January 31, 2014

    A good password is one step for protection, but everyone is forgetting that they are not using a https connection which encrypts the data being sent from one device to yahoo. This is what makes gmail and outlook more superior. This is also why it is easier to hack yahoo, aol as well, and easier to get the information.

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