04 Apr 2014

Yahoo to Extend Encryption to All Services

Yahoo plans to implement encryption across all their services by the end of Q1 of 2014, including a new privacy-friendly Yahoo messenger, according to a recent blog post.

The company updates its customers with the latest advancements in its encryption efforts, announcing that traffic between Yahoo data centers is now encrypted.

Yahoo Mail, as well as the Yahoo homepage and all the search queries that run on this page are now accessible over a secure (HTTPS) connection by default. These Yahoo properties, as well as Digital Magazines, are now supporting by industry-recommended tools to protect data transmission including TLS 1.2, Perfect Forward Secrecy and a 2048-bit RSA key.

Users can also safely visit Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance and Good Morning America on Yahoo by adding “https” before the site URL in their web browser.

A new Yahoo Messenger for encrypted chatting is also part of the company’s short-term plans.

“Our goal is to encrypt our entire platform for all users at all time, by default,” says Alex Stamos, Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo. ”Our broader mission is to not only make Yahoo secure, but improve the security of the overall web ecosystem.”