Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
It is perfectly safe to stay logged into your email account if you keep yourself protected from a few specific scenarios.
You sent me steps (in addition to changing my password) when my Yahoo mail had been hacked, for which I thank you. One more please: should I always sign out of Yahoo when I'm finished with dealing with mail?
In this excerpt from Answercast #15, I talk about how I manage my email accounts in my home office and ways to stay safe with online email.
Typically, no. I don't.
I'm logged into email all day long. Either via a website or I run Thunderbird. That thing's running all day long.
I say 'typically' because there are scenarios where you want to be careful.
The most obvious one is if you're not the only person who has access to your machine.
In a case like that, you probably want to log out, not only out of Yahoo... but potentially out of Windows as well... if there is someone around who could walk up to the machine and maliciously (or not quite so maliciously) start poking around in your stuff, log out.
So, physical access is the big one.
Obviously, everything is up for grabs if you happen to have malware on your machine.
Be sure to do all of the things it takes to keep your computer safe on the internet. But if you're doing that, and you don't have somebody running around your house who's going to access your computer while you're not around, I'd leave it on all the time. I would and I do.
It's not something that I spend a lot of time worrying about.
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