Smashing Security podcast #014: Protecting webmail

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.

After a terrible year for security, Yahoo Mail finally gets HTTPS by default

Breathe a small sigh of relief. Yahoo has finally caught up with competing major webmail providers, and turned on HTTPS by default.

Yahoo proves it has a reckless and moronic attitude to email security

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 attempts (and fails) to defend its crazy email plan

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.

Watch out! Yahoo has a moronic plan to let someone steal your email address

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.

Using Yahoo Mail? You should turn on this privacy option as soon as possible

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.

How Hotmail lets down its users security-wise compared to Gmail and Yahoo

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.

How to stop your Gmail account being hacked

Graham Cluley describes what steps you should take to reduce the chances of your Gmail account being hacked.