How to secure Yahoo Mail Web sessions with SSL

Yahoo Mail now supports SSL encryption for e-mail sessions through a Web browser. Disabled by default, we'll show you how to enable SSL for enhanced security.

Yahoo Mail
Yahoo Mail for Web joins its mobile apps with support for SSL sessions. Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Using SSL encryption with Web-based e-mail services offers enhanced security over snooping, especially when connected over public Wi-Fi networks (think McDonald's, Starbucks, or the public library).

Gmail blazed the SSL path for Web-based e-mail several years ago and Hotmail followed suit , but Yahoo offered SSL only for logins, not the entire session. If you're a Yahoo Mail user, you'll be happy to know that SSL is now supported for the entire e-mail session. Here's how to turn on SSL for your Yahoo Mail account:

Step 1: Go to gear icon in the upper right-hand corner and select "Mail Options."

Yahoo Mail options
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Step 2: At the very bottom of General Mail Options, check the box next to "Turn on SSL."

Turn on SSL
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Step 3: Immediately after you check the box, you'll get a pop-up message informing you that a refresh will be required. Click OK to continue.

Step 4: Click the orange Save button at the top of the Options tab.

That's it. After a refresh, you'll automatically be taken back to your inbox and you should see "https:" in front of the URL in the address bar of your browser, as well as a lock icon.

(Via Ghacks)

 

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