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Yahoo email is safe enough... depending mostly on you, the user, and your personal safety habits.
Is Yahoo email safe to use? Is there a better email I should be using? I'd like to believe that my mail is safe. Thank you.
In this excerpt from Answercast #84, I look at the safety of Yahoo email - which actually begins with the user.
Yahoo is as safe as any of them. I tend to recommend Gmail more often than not, simply because I believe it has a better anti-spam filter. It is extremely configurable and just generally has a pretty good reputation.
It's not a slam against Yahoo. Yahoo is good; is safe and so forth.
Now, what I really want you to understand though is that, for the most part, choosing the provider (between things like Yahoo and Gmail and Hotmail and any of the others) actually has less of an impact on overall email safety than what happens next!
By that I mean - safety is really in your hands more than it is in the providers.
How do you access your email?
Do you keep your passwords safe? Are they strong?
Are you using open WiFi hotspots?
Do you leave yourself logged in on machines that shouldn't be logged in?
Those kinds of things. Your behavior actually has a significantly greater impact on your overall email safety than which service you use.
So, I've got no problems with you using Yahoo or Gmail (or for that matter Hotmail) as long you've got things appropriately backed up and you're using your email safely.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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