A few days ago, Yahoo removed one of the basic features you expect from an email provider. Yahoo Mail lost the email forwarding feature, and the timing looked very peculiar. Yahoo seemed to have removed the feature to make it harder for users to jump ship in light of the two scandals that hit Yahoo. First, Yahoo confirmed that some 500 million accounts were hacked in 2014. A few days later, a report revealed that Yahoo spied on its customers on behalf of the government. More →
Two massive security and privacy scandals hit Yahoo in the past weeks, and each one of them is a good enough reason to leave Yahoo Mail and your Yahoo properties behind and never look back. First, Yahoo had to admit that around 500 million accounts were hacked back in 2014. Then, reports revealed that the government pressured Yahoo into spying on all its users — the company did so by modifying its anti-malware tool to scan emails for accounts belonging to terrorist groups.
Yahoo proved it can’t keep Yahoo Mail secure, and that it can’t fight the government on your behalf. Naturally, some users opted to leave the service. But they soon discovered that Yahoo shut down email forwarding, a basic email feature that has been around for ages. More →
Many tech companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter said they had not helped governmental agencies spy on their users like Yahoo did. Some said outright that they never received such orders and others insisted that they’d never comply if they did. Following Reuters’ initial discovery that Yahoo secretly spied on its Yahoo Mail users for the government, a new report reveals that it’s fairly easy for any of Yahoo’s rivals to do it, too. And you won’t even know it’s happening. More →
Two massive security scandals have hit Yahoo in a matter of days. First, the company acknowledged that hackers stole usernames and passwords for at least 500 million users, and the hack happened all the way back in 2014.
Then, a report from Reuters revealed that Yahoo built a software tool that could comb all the emails sent through its system and extract data for unnamed intelligence agencies. These are two good reasons to ditch your Yahoo account, which will only take you a couple of clicks. More →
It’s not like Yahoo needed a second major privacy scandal on top of the massive data breach it suffered back in 2014, and which it only confirmed a few weeks ago. Hackers stole usernames and passwords for at least 500 million accounts two years ago, and Yahoo took its time to come clean about it. But on top of hackers cracking its security, it looks like Yahoo was responsible for some mail hacking on its own. A Reuters report on Tuesday revealed that Yahoo created custom software that would grab data from emails in real time and feed the information to US spy agencies.
So if Yahoo did it, were others also involved in this massive data collection program? More →
Yahoo last week confirmed what many already feared, that unknown hackers have been able to steal account data belonging to hundreds of millions of users. The massive data breach occurred at some point in 2014, affecting some 500 million users. Yahoo is yet to explain why the data breach happened, and whether it could have done anything to ensure the security of its users.
A new report reveals that Yahoo has been putting off security investments for years, for fear that security features would also hinder overall Yahoo experience. More →
Yahoo will confirm later this week that hackers did breach its systems in 2012, stealing personal data for about 200 million accounts, including easily decrypted passwords. More →
Many companies are trying to kill the password in an attempt to improve the security of online services, and Yahoo is ready to give it a try. The company on Thursday announced new Yahoo Mail apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, featuring a bunch of new features including Yahoo Account Key, a more secure way of logging into the mail app. And, you’ve guessed it, Yahoo Account Key doesn’t need a password. More →
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on Friday posted an apology on Yahoo’s official Tumblr blog for the extended Yahoo Mail issues that affected many users for several days last week starting with December 9. In a lengthy message, Mayer said that the company experienced a “major outage” last week, without providing actual details about the hardware outage that crippled the Yahoo Mail experience for users – the issue was described as a “particularly rare one,” with various users being affected differently. More →
Yahoo on Wednesday finally fully acknowledged on Twitter and on the service’s personal blog that its Yahoo Mail service is experiencing issues which some of its customers had to face for more than two weeks, ZDNet reports. According to the company, an unknown number of users were not able to send and receive emails since November 25. Similar problems for other Yahoo Mail customers started on Monday, although the company only briefly mentioned these issues via Twitter a day later. “We know some of our users are unable to use Yahoo Mail,” the Yahoo Mail team wrote on December 10. “We’re on it and trying to restore access in a few hours. Sorry for the inconvenience.” More →
As a former Google (GOOG) executive, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer seems to have learned something about creating a strong email interface. That’s why it’s not too surprising that the new Yahoo Mail unveiled on Tuesday bears a striking resemblance to Gmail with a cleaner look and fewer on-page distractions. In a post on the official Yahoo blog, Mayer writes that the company has “redesigned the new version of Yahoo! Mail with speed in mind — getting through your emails is faster than ever before” while also making “your inbox more intuitive and easier to navigate, allowing you to focus on what matters most: your messages.” Mayer said that the changes were made due to users who “told us loud and clear that you want fewer distractions when it comes to email.” In addition to its new web mail interface, Yahoo has also released a new Yahoo Mail app for iOS, Android and Windows 8.
Verizon Wireless has announced that it will issue a software update for the HTC ThunderBolt on May 3rd. The update will enhance the connectivity to Verizon’s 3G network – when a 4G signal isn’t available, of course – and will also fix some email and SMS bugs so that messages are stored properly in your inbox. Verizon also said that, after the patch is applied, the Backup Assistant application will display properly in the applications menu. Other fixes include faster loading of GPS updates and stability improvements for Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon, and others. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t appear to offer any improvements to the ThunderBolt’s notoriously bad battery life. More →
Yahoo! has reportedly fixed an IMAP bug that caused the iPhone and Windows Phone devices to transmit loads of superfluous data over 3G. The bug worked like this: when a user went to check their email, the server would send more information to a user’s phone than was required to just check mail. This resulted in people accidentally consuming loads of rouge data each month. Microsoft first responded to the issue back in January after Windows Phone users began complaining about alerts stating that they were nearing their monthly data cap. On February 1st, Microsoft said that it had determined that the bug was caused by an inefficiency in the Yahoo! Mail email client and that the problem would be fixed in an upcoming update. Just two days later, programmer Rafael Rivera took the situation into his own hands, and during his investigation, discovered that the bug wasn’t just confined to Windows Phone 7 devices — it was also present on the iPhone. Just recently, Rivera updated his blog noting that Yahoo had fixed the issue and has upgraded its software from version 0.7.65_12.286037 to version 0.7.65_14.298026. More →