We are very sorry for recent difficulties with Yahoo Mail.
Some of our users have not been able to access their mail since 10:27 PM PT on Monday night, due to a hardware problem in one of our mail data centers. The issue has been harder to fix than we originally expected.
We have dozens of…
A question the Messenger Team gets quite often is, “Could you show me an example of what Yahoo will accept as a password?” Today, the answer is, “Yes!”
Simple passwords like “123456” and “qwerty” are not going to cut it. Even a password like “AbCdEfG$” or “!2345a” is not going to make it.
These are the basics of what’s required:
- 8 to 32 characters long.
- Cannot be all letters.
- Contain at least one number or symbol.
- Contain at least one uppercase letter.
- Cannot contain 3 or more consecutive letters used in either your real name or Yahoo ID.
A strong password would be something like “sev!9zeasP” or “kEy7yi2we” but those aren’t quite easy to remember. I recommend stringing together words that are meaningful to you, but changed up a bit. For example, “WalkTheTalk4$” is a strong password, but “wOkdaTok4$” is stronger. Passwords containing real words are more susceptible to brute force attacks.
Some final tips:
- Change it up at least once a year, and don’t repeat passwords or make them similar to your previous ones.
- Don’t share it with anyone, even someone claiming to be from Yahoo. Yahoo Customer Care will never ask your for your password.
- Only type your Yahoo ID into and password into official Yahoo apps and sites that end with “yahoo.com.”
One of the wonderful things about instant messaging in a global community is that you can meet people from all over the world. To keep yourself safe, here’s a few recommended guidelines:
- Be very thoughtful about the information and images you share with someone you’ve just met. They may not have the same respect for your privacy as you do.
- Avoid sharing photos that could allow someone to figure out where you live.
- Never type your password anywhere but in a password field when you’re signing into a service. Even Yahoo Customer Care will not ask you for your password.
- Be very cautious about clicking on a link that comes from a someone you don’t know. It could be a virus or any number of unsavory things.
- Be assertive if someone is harassing you. Don’t hesitate to report them for abuse if they make you feel uncomfortable.
Have fun and enjoy your time on Yahoo Messenger!
A Brief History of the Emoticon
There’s always a possibility of being misunderstood in text; emoticons help us express tone. The first emoticon in print appeared in the US satirical magazine, Puck, in 1881. 100 years later in 1982, Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, became the first person to use the smiley emoticon. Today, Yahoo emoticons can convey everything from daydreaming to a broken heart. How will emoticons evolve to help us communicate in the future?
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by Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO
We’ve worked hard over the years to earn our users’ trust and we fight hard to preserve it.
As you know, there have been a number of reports over the last six months about the U.S. government secretly accessing user data without the knowledge of tech companies,…
Every conversation medium has its share of unwanted communication; snail mail has junk mail. e-mail has Spam, and instant messaging has Spim (Spammy instant messages). A lot of the time, these unwanted messages are sent out by bots, a piece of software created to act like a real person. Puzzling out whether or not a person’s a bot can be easy:
A good indicator of bot-ism is nonsensical replies to your chat. So now that we’ve determined it’s a bot, what can you do?
Yahoo Messenger comes equipped with some easy ways to banish bots for good. Going straight for the “Ignore User” option will keep that specific screen name from contacting you again. However, using the “Report as Spam” option adds that user to your ignore list AND alerts the Messenger team to that particular bot, possibly getting that account banned and sparing your fellow messengers from automated sales pitches!
Remember, be careful when corresponding with people you don’t know and never share private information with them.
10,000+ casualties, more than 9 million people affected. #Haiyan is among the most devastating storms ever. Here’s how you can help the Philippines now.
Originally posted November 30, 2012
Here at Yahoo!, we aspire to make the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. More than ever, we’re focused on building products that are beautiful and meaningful for our users. Sometimes, this means we have to make tough decisions — like closing down features that we feel aren’t adding enough value for you. This helps us spend more energy on creating experiences that make Yahoo! the most fun way to spend your time.
With this in mind, we have decided to discontinue several Yahoo! product features. This will enable us to refocus our efforts on modernizing our core Yahoo! products experiences and of course, create new ones. You can find more details below, including how the closures will work.
Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms
The Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms will close down on December 14, 2012.
Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox
As of December 14, 2012, Pingbox will no longer be available on Yahoo! Messenger. If you’ve installed Pingbox on your blog or social networks, please click here to learn how to uninstall it.
Yahoo! Messenger interoperability with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger
Yahoo! Messenger will no longer be interoperable with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger as of December 14, 2012. Microsoft buddies will still appear on your Messenger contact list, but they will be greyed out, and if you try to send instant messages to them, the messages will not be delivered.
Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out feature
Effective January 30, 2013, we will no longer offer Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out capabilities, our co-branded landline and mobile phone service from Jajah. As of today, users can no longer add new funds to their accounts, and active users who currently have a balance in their accounts will receive emailed instructions in December from Jajah on how to request a refund. You can find more information on how to ask for a refund here, and you can contact Jajah with any questions at email@example.com. Free Messenger-to-Messenger calls will still be offered through Yahoo! Messenger.
Thank you to everyone who have used these features. We plan to keep innovating and building great Yahoo! products that will delight our users in the years to come.