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.
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.
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.
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