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Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Joanna Connell

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Yahoo

Is a web portal that offers a variety of services and content to its users, including email, news, online mapping and social media.  It is one of the most popular websites around and receives roughly 700 million visitors every month.  By creating an account, users can benefit from their own email address and a more personalised experience on Yahoo’s many internet services.

Registering an account

You can sign up for a Yahoo account using your existing Facebook or Google accounts, or by entering a valid email address.  Yahoo requires you to choose a username and pick a strong password that’s at least six characters long; however, it gives you the option to automatically generate a very strong password consisting of a random combination of letters, numbers and other symbols.  If you choose this option it is important that you save your password somewhere safe, preferably using one of the many free password manager applications available online.

Security features on Yahoo

Yahoo offers users several security features to keep their accounts and their information secure. Yahoo uses an encrypted SSL connection whenever sensitive data is being exchanged between the user and the company’s servers.  Through their settings page, users can create a sign-in seal which protects users from phishing and other scams.  There is also the possibility to enable time-limited sign-ins and to create an OpenID to prevent password theft when using Yahoo credentials to log in to third party services.  You can also activate two-step authentication on your Yahoo account to add an extra layer of security to your data.

Configuring your security settings

To manage your security settings on Yahoo, login to your account and click on your username at the top-left of the page.  Click on ‘Account info’ from the dropdown menu to access your settings – you may need to verify your account by re-entering your password.  Under the ‘Sign-in and Security’ area you can configure your security settings, as well as managing third party apps and connections.

Personal data collection

Yahoo collects personal data from its users to help it customise and improve its service.  The company never shares the data it collects with other companies for commercial reasons, and it will always ask the user for his or her consent to receive promotional material from other brands that may be of interest.  Users can easily unsubscribe from any communication through their settings page.

Deleting your Yahoo account

To permanently delete your Yahoo account, log in and visit the account deletion page.  Simply enter your password and CAPTCHA code to confirm your request.

Security record

There have been several claims from Yahoo users saying that their accounts were hacked and security breaches have been widely reported.  It is suggested that users pick strong passwords when they create a Yahoo account and that they change it regularly.

Connecting third parties to Yahoo

You can connect a wide variety of third party services and apps to add to your Yahoo account. The information shared on these services is governed by their own privacy policies and users are recommended to review these policies and check their privacy settings to make sure they are aware of the data that is being shared.  Third party authorisation can be managed from your settings page.

Tracking your shared information

Although you can control the privacy settings of the content that appears on your online profile, Yahoo doesn’t let its users track down how their personal information is used.


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