Yahoo Sign-In Seal Protects Against Phishing

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 29, 2010
Updated • Nov 30, 2012
Security, Yahoo

Determining if a website is real or fake is one of the greatest challenges for many Internet users. Criminals have honed their skills in the past years to create websites that look in all design aspects as the real deal. Only information displayed by the browser aids in the verification process.

What if there was a way to customize the login page so that it becomes possible to verify the website on first glance?

That's what Yahoo decided to do. The Yahoo sign-in seal is a custom text or image seal that is displayed on the Yahoo login page.

yahoo sign-in seal
yahoo sign-in seal

The custom text or image is displayed on the sign in page, and users know directly that a website is fake if it is missing or different.

Yahoo users can visit the settings page in their Yahoo account to configure the sign-in seal.

yahoo login protection
yahoo login protection

Here it is possible to add a total of 21 characters divided into three groups as a text seal, or upload an image from the local computer to use the image as the verification seal.

Finally, it is possible to select a specific color for the seal, to make identification even easier.

Yahoo users should make sure not to use their ID or password as part of the sign in seal. Yahoo suggests to use something that every user on the computer understands, a street address or name for instance.

Yahoo's Sign-In Seal is an excellent addition that improves the account security a lot.

What's your opinion? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. paulo oliveira said on April 26, 2011 at 12:39 am

    great article, Martin. If possible, publish more tutorials on Yahoo Pipes, please!

  2. SFdude said on April 27, 2011 at 2:14 am

    This was good, short & clear example!

    Write another similar article,
    with an example of “Fech Data”, in Yahoo Pipes…


  3. Jelbee said on June 25, 2011 at 6:03 am

    my site have two rss: one for the articles and video. Thanks for sharing this it saves me from trouble.

  4. rstarter said on September 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Hi Martin,
    Is it possible to make the pubDate to be visible just under the feed headline?


    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Good question, I cannot really answer that unfortunately. Has been a long time since I last played around with Yahoo Pipes.

  5. Jonathan said on September 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Very useful! Thanks

    Unfortunately I want to combine 70 RSS feeds (student blogs I want to see in one go – ) but Pipes seems to limit me to 10 at a time.
    I thought about creating a feed of ten, a feed of another ten, and then combining those… but it doesn’t work.
    Any thoughts on how to go beyond the ten feed limit?

  6. rascasse83 said on December 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    To have more than 10 use multiple Fetch Feeds and connect them to a UNION Operator.

    1. will said on August 15, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Thanks for your help!

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