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(Ars Technica)   Remember that big Yahoo account hack? No, the other one. No, the OTHER other one. Anyway, it managed to compromise 100% of every existing account at the time   ( arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Facepalm, Yahoo, Cryptography, major security breach, one-billion account estimate, unnamed security consultant, browser cookie-forging hack, Yahoo officials, e-mail addresses  
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2017-10-04 11:13:08 AM  
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thespindrifter: Pardon my ignorance, but how does one go about finding a more secure email hosting option?


Here you go.
2017-10-04 04:46:57 PM  
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thespindrifter: NateAsbestos: You could host your own damn email better than Yahoo.

There are dozens of more secure alternatives, like... Almost any reputable host.

Look, I know a lot of things, but like any human I have my blind spots, and this is one of them. I don't even know where to start asking the right questions about where to start asking the right questions, so I thought I would start here. Pardon my ignorance, but how does one go about finding a more secure email hosting option?

Thank you in advance.


It's really just a matter of trusting that your host knows what they're doing, and aren't lazy, incompetent cusses. Yahoo 100% does NOT make the cut, and this article is just one of many examples.

Microsoft's Office 365 platform has options for HIPAA and SOX compliance (and probably dozens of other standards), though you do have to have your own domain name. Google does the same (through G Suite, not G Mail).

Honestly I guess for me it is intuition since I am in IT and know what to look for. It's not like a company is going to advertise to you that they store your passwords in cleartext and just rely on hackers not bothering to open passwords.txt.

I pay $5/mo for my email through G Suite... At the very least, it not being free seems like it would give me some legal options if they fark me royally. Companies tend to treat paying customers better than people who only use their free services.
2017-10-04 03:32:12 AM  
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davidphogan: Holy shiat.  Someone could join a fantasy football or hockey league and pretend to be me.  That is horrifying.


Yeah, sorta wondering who uses a Yahoo account as anything but a throwaway spam magnet.  Gmail, too, for that matter.
2017-10-04 10:43:59 AM  
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thespindrifter: fusillade762: davidphogan: Holy shiat.  Someone could join a fantasy football or hockey league and pretend to be me.  That is horrifying.

Yeah, sorta wondering who uses a Yahoo account as anything but a throwaway spam magnet.  Gmail, too, for that matter.

And your new, secure alternative is:   ???

Honestly though, who didn't know this was happening? There was a huge burst in spam from various non-tech savvy familia around that same time. The only thing that scared me was when CapitalOne knew that one of the PW changes I tried to use just happened to be one of my older and yet "more secure (in complexity)" PWs and it told me to choose something else.

When the bank knows your passwords, that's bad. I had never used that PW with them before.


You could host your own damn email better than Yahoo.

There are dozens of more secure alternatives, like... Almost any reputable host.
2017-10-04 08:47:22 AM  
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fusillade762: davidphogan: Holy shiat. Someone could join a fantasy football or hockey league and pretend to be me. That is horrifying.

Yeah, sorta wondering who uses a Yahoo account as anything but a throwaway spam magnet. Gmail, too, for that matter.


Flickr. You had to create a Yahoo account to use that service.
 
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