There are many mailing apps and websites available for mailing. Yahoo is the one of the popular option people have when it comes to email service providers. It is owned by an American company Yahoo. Yahoo Mail provides four different types of email plans to its users. Out of them, three are for personal use (Basic, Plus and Ad-Free) and the remaining one is for business purposes.
Yahoo is updating its Mail app across all platforms with a fresh design. It includes a new compose experience, collapsible toolbar. And also, better handling of threaded conversations. The new app is rising on the web, Android, iOS and Windows 10 devices beginning today. It completes feature parity between all versions.
It is important that we secure our online presence making use of all the latest security features provided by the service providers. The risk of being exposed by hackers is on the rise. This is true for email services as well. Since, emails are used to communicate confidential business matters these days. If you are using Yahoo mail as your primary email service provider, you might as well secure your Yahoo mail account. You can do so in the following ways. They are:
1.Set a strong password:
No help and information on security would be complete without this basic tip. Your email is a critical account as you use it to log into so many devices. If someone looks into your Yahoo email, they might reset passwords on other sites. And also may mess with your online personality.
That is the reason you should upgrade your password strength before you use the services. If you’re already using a strong password, change it timely. It is always a good idea which will make your account secure.
2.Enable two-factor authentication:
After you set a strong password, you can enable the two-factor verification process for your Yahoo mail. It is another best way to protect your Yahoo mail account. Once it is activated, you’ll need to enter a code that is sent to your phone in addition to your password to sign in to Yahoo mail. This will make sure that no-one will be able to steal your password without your phone.
You can enable the two-factor authentication process by following these simple steps:
1. Firstly, log in to your Yahoo mail account and then go to the “Account Info” page on the “Account Security” tab.
2. Click on the “Two-factor authentication” and turn it on.
3. Now Yahoo will ask for your mobile number. Enter your correct number.
4. You’ll need to verify your mobile number first. You can do so either by receiving the verification as a text or by a call.
5. After you receive the verification code on your number, enter it and click on the “verify” button.
You also have the option to create an app password. Some apps don’t support two-factor authentication. So, for the security on those, you can create special app passwords that will allow you to sign in on those apps. If you haven’t done this, you can create these passwords later. By clicking the generate app password on the “Account Security” tab.
3. Update your recovery information:
You can also add contact information to your Yahoo account for the time when you get locked out. This will allow users to use another email address or your phone number. It is done to get back into your account if you forget your password. Thus, it’s important to ensure this information is updated before you are locked out.
To update recovery information:
1. Go to the account info and select account security. You can add the information i.e. phone number or email which familiar to you.
2. Select any of the options, add recovery mail/phone. And enter the appropriate information.
3. If you have added your phone number, you’ll receive a verification code via SMS or a call.
And if you add a new email address, you’ll get a message with a link to verify the address.
4. Review account history regularly:
Yahoo provides a log of your account activity. You can have an eye on it to determine if someone has cracked into your account.
Steps to review your account history:
1. Click on the “Account Info”, then move to the “Recent activity” tab. You’ll be able to see a list of active sessions which shows the browser and operating system for each.
2. Then click one to see a list of logins on that device for the past 30 days, including exact times, IP addresses.
After this, you’ll be able to see the most recent access changes, like setting a new password. If you see anything on this page you were not supposed to have, you should change your password at the clear time. It will automatically sign out of your account everywhere.
5. Beware phishing emails:
It’s better to stay on the lookout for email phishing as it never goes away. Be safe every time from fake messages and emails which may harm your accounts. You should never click links in emails. To stay safe from fake messages which are willing to steal account information. You receive mail or messages from your bank or other sensitive entity declaring they have a mail. Go directly to their website and do not click on the link they provide.
In Yahoo mail, you’ll be seeing a purple “Y” logo to the left of the contact info on an official Yahoo message. Don’t trust it too blindly, though scammers could find some way to fake this.
6. Check your forwarding settings:
Email forwarding is an easy and adjacent tool if you fix multiple accounts. But it can also be something which a hacker uses to have an eye on you. With just dealing a few minutes in your account, someone could set up email forwarding. So that they get a copy of everything you receive in your mail.
It is better double-checking all the things to make sure nobody did this behind your back.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Open Yahoo Mail and then click on the “Gear” icon followed by Settings.
2. Then choose the “Accounts” tab on the left.
3. Finally, click on the Yahoo entry with your email address.
After that scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll be able to see the “Access your Yahoo Mail” elsewhere field. Make sure that there is no information here. If there is any information, then Yahoo is sending all your emails to the address specified. Make a note of it and then turn to forward off and change your password and make your Yahoo mail secure.