How to Block Yahoo Mail from Scanning, Collecting, and Selling Your Data

Believe it or not, there still are millions of users out there owning a Yahoo Mail account, and if you’re here, there’s a chance you do too.

If the recent hacking revelations failed to convince you to make the switch to other email providers, maybe this will. The Wall Street Journal revealed today that Yahoo Mail is still scanning, collecting, and selling users’ data to advertisers, and according to people familiar with the matter, some 200 million inboxes are being involved.

In just a few words, here’s how the whole thing works: Yahoo Mail scans your retail messages (Yahoo swears personal emails aren’t targeted) and then looks for information that could be used by advertisers.

Yahoo Mail groups users in specific categories based on the information that it finds in their emails, such as frequent fliers, investors, and so on, and this way it can de... (read more)

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