Yahoo mail, third-largest email service provider finally has got support for HTTPS, not enabled by default though. Google, Microsoft already offers full session HTTPS support by default for their Gmail and Hotmail services, now Yahoo joined them. Yahoo offers automatic SSL protection for their apps for Android, iOS and Windows 8, however not for signed in users in desktop browser.

SSL protection for Yahoo Mail is optional, but you’re recommended to turn it on for unsecure connections such as Wireless networks and Cybercafés.

Why you need to Turn on SSL for Yahoo Mail?

You should know that Yahoo already offers SSL protection for sign-in info you enter on its mail service login page – check the https//protocol in the URL bar -, but once you signed into your account SSL will be turned off, that’s why to protect your private data from falling in other hands you need to switch it on in your account.

Enabling HTTPS for your Yahoo Mail account

1. Sign into Yahoo Mail with your ID and password

2. Hover over Settings icon and from the drop down menu shown select “Mail Options”

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page

4. under advanced Settings select check box opposite to “Turn on SSL” a dialog will be shown refresh is required to change this setting, click Ok and further click on “Save” button.

Turn on SSL for Yahoo Mail

5. And that’s it! SSL Protection has been turned on for your Yahoo mail account which now allows you to access even unsecured content on secured connection in browsers by showing some warnings.

SSL supported browsers for Yahoo Mail

Currently the browsers that support SSL for Yahoo Mail for Windows are:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0 -10.0 and newer,
  • Chrome 5.0 and higher,
  • Firefox 3.5 and higher
  • Safari 4.0 and newer,

Yes no Opera in the list, you may need to mask Opera as Firefox or other browsers.

Source: Yahoo Mail Help