What can you do to better protect your online email accounts?
In this special edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast, regular hosts Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined by special guest Paul Ducklin, share tips on how to better defend your Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail/Outlook/etc account.
Breathe a small sigh of relief. Yahoo has finally caught up with competing major webmail providers, and turned on HTTPS by default.
The new owners of recycled Yahoo email accounts are receiving private emails, containing personal information, not intended for them.
None of this would have happened if Yahoo hadn’t initiated the reckless, harebrained scheme in the first place.
Yahoo tries to reassure users that it’s great email account giveaway makes sense.
But a closer examination shows that the whole idea is half-baked, and sounds impossible to pull off competently.
Yahoo says that if you haven’t logged into your Yahoo account for 12 months, and *don’t* log in by July 15th, they’re going to give other people the chance to grab it.
What a terribly stupid idea.
It has taken Yahoo a ridiculously long time, but it is finally rolling out an option that will help protect users’ privacy when accessing their web-based email – HTTPS.
Hotmail lets down its over 350 million users when it comes to security, by not giving them an easy way to tell if their account has been accessed by unauthorised third parties.