If you are in my email address book, you probably are well aware that my email was hacked. Twice. Yahoo Mail. I’ve been using YMail since 1997, when I got my first email account. I’m a sentimentalist, I like what I like. Plus, I don’t like GMail. I have an account with them, but I don’t care for it. I love Google in all its glory, but they don’t always get everything right.
That was for those of you who wonder why I don’t change.
So, my friends at Yahoo have been making changes in response to several recent security risks. Basically, people have been getting hacked so they are trying to fix it.
I applaud the sentiment, I really do, but maybe, just maybe, we should stop and think for a moment before enacting new policies that affect millions of people.
If you’ve ever gotten a hacked email, they are almost always a link and nothing else. (And no, Aunt Nancy, I did not send you a link to a diet, with no words, to order you to lose weight…..)
So the response now is that an account holder cannot send a link in an email without text.
Are you kidding me? This is a TERRIBLE solution. Do you have any idea how many links I send via email? Think back, I bet I sent one to you, if I regularly email you. I save every single recipe I find online to my email, BY THE LINK. I probably email Elena links to things 5-6 times a DAY. Not to mention the stuff I email to myself. Things I’d like to read when I have more time, or remember or save for future reference or because I want to send it to someone else….you name it. I have an entire file of links for various purposes.
Now, when I try, it tells me it won’t send just the link and I have to add text to the message. It literally will not even send. How annoying?
So now I have to put some text in there. I did figure out I can just type one letter and it will send, but still, this is unbelievably counterproductive.
Yahoo Mail….I applaud the attempt, but, this solution sucks.