Years after Microsoft, Google, and many others made Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security the standard for their Web mail systems, Yahoo says that it too will modernize Yahoo Mail's security.
SSL is a cryptographic protocol that encrypts Web mail as it travels between Yahoo's servers and your computer's browser. Yahoo says that it will activate the protection for all Yahoo Mail users on January 8, 2014, reports the Washington Post.as an option that users had to activate on their own,
Yahoo has lagged behind every other major competitor on instituting SSL. Microsoft has had, with full implementation taking place over six months as it and then earlier this year.
A Yahoo spokesperson told CNET that its SSL implementation plans include the use of the tougher 2048-bit encryption, which Google switched Gmail to earlier this year, and Facebook has announced plans to adopt.
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While checking Web mail with SSL is considered to be more protective of privacy than Web mail without it, the.
Updated at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, with encryption detail from Yahoo.