Yahoo! Allows Users to Monitor Account Login Activity
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Yahoo! has introduced a new feature which allows users to review their account's login history for strange activity and signs of possible compromise.
Email accounts are valuable for cyber criminals and can be compromised in a variety of ways, including via keyloggers or phishing.
Since storage space is no longer a major issue, a lot of people fail to delete old emails. This is a security risk because those messages can contain passwords and sensitive information about other accounts.
In addition to the more traditional illegal activities like spamming, compromised accounts can be used to send scam emails to the user's own contacts, therefore increasing the chances of finding someone willing to pay.
"The latest incident of email breach at Dallas-based Epsilon, where millions of stolen email addresses potentially could be used for targeted 'spear-phishing' further emphasizes the importance of safeguarding your online account
Andy Y Wu, product manager of Yahoo! Membership.
However, the new feature is not limited to email and covers all services provided under the same Yahoo! ID. The "Recent Login Activity" page lists logins by date, location, access client (browser, Y! Messenger) and the place of origin (Front Page, Mail, etc.).
This information is used to establish a pattern and if one login doesn't fit into it the entry is marked with an alert icon. For example, if past logins are from California, US, and suddenly the account it accessed from China, that's viewed as potentially suspicious.
This feature helps users take corrective action, like changing their passwords, as quickly as possible in case of compromise. But, the Yahoo! engineers don't plan to stop here with the account security enhancements.
Two-factor authentication, stronger password suggestions and proactive login alerts are some of the features the company's developers are currently working on.
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|Comment #1.1 by: larski on 03 Aug 2011, 18:30 GMT|
They offer new feature but maybe to be functional next year...poor apps.
|Comment #1.2 by: Lilypod on 29 Sep 2011, 13:00 GMT|
It's already in place.
|Comment #2 by: ken on 03 Jun 2011, 20:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
so how is the logon activity deleted daily by the user ?
|Comment #2.1 by: marlene on 08 Jul 2012, 12:53 GMT|
so, is it possible?
|Comment #3 by: Mikkie on 07 Jun 2011, 13:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Very stupid. I want my history removed !
I don't other's
|Comment #3.1 by: mandyjoe on 11 Jun 2011, 17:46 GMT|
I don't like that every time I sign in it shows on my history. Nobody need this. I will delete this. Please somebody help. Thanks.
|Comment #3.2 by: Texas25 on 14 Jun 2011, 03:13 GMT|
Has anyone figured out how to remove the login activity? I don't want people seeing my login history
|Comment #3.3 by: YU on 09 Jul 2011, 21:36 GMT|
It's a good feature to protect our account from Hacker but at the same time Yahoo becomes Spyware program that can sell our data tp 3rd parties.
|Comment #4 by: ip on 02 Jul 2011, 11:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
stop using the internet
it is your history - that you see
just where you logged in from
|Comment #5 by: nancy on 24 Jul 2011, 21:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
just a big suck yahoo log in activity and up address means tat further to decrease interest of users using yahoo due to leakage of their privacy personal use and making it more vulnerable for hackers so they hack Ur account and next time get easy access to Ur hard drive to destroy Ur computer easily by knowing Ur ip adress and many other damages.
|Comment #6 by: larski on 03 Aug 2011, 18:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Where is the "login activity" button or how to view it?
|Comment #6.1 by: sparky on 31 Aug 2011, 02:21 GMT|
Login to Yahoo.
Look for the little area that says"Hi (your user name) and click the drop down arrow.
Click "Account Info". It will make you re-enter your password.
Under the "Sign in and Security" section select "View your recent login activity".
Once you are on that page you can click the button in the upper right to toggle between Location and IP address.
|Comment #6.2 by: CntryGirl on 07 Sep 2011, 02:58 GMT|
How do I delete the history?
|Comment #6.3 by: mm on 29 Sep 2011, 05:20 GMT|
thank you! i found out i was signed in in another state- and my sister found out she was signed in overseas.. both places we were NOT! thanks again for the clear instructions
|Comment #6.4 by: Ashbee on 02 Jun 2012, 17:19 GMT|
This is not (on mine at least) under said section- "View your recent login activity." Is it possible because I have an at&t account yahoo doesn't provide this service and leaves security up to at&t? Or perhaps in only a year they just quit providing access? I know the info is somewhere out there though because I was shown the page when I first logged in because I had 1 security problem that had been flagged. I simply wanted to view it again to because there were three things that should have been flagged- I couldn't possibly be in the three countries that "I" logged in from (plus me logging in from where I actually am) in the same day!
|Comment #7 by: Kan on 05 Oct 2011, 22:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Can you turn this feature off? Or can you delete the history?
|Comment #8 by: Enquirer want to know on 29 Oct 2011, 17:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Many had asked this question, but no answer. How do I clear or delete or turn off the recent login activity in yahoo account? Someone please...
|Comment #9 by: zipperer on 09 Nov 2011, 21:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Ihave had my laptop computer since May 2011 and I have experienced an
excessive amount of cyber hacking! My email is currently and very frequently compromised! I have been unable to obtain my email on a regular basis due these frequent problems! Thanks for the support and info!
|Comment #10 by: adil on 15 Dec 2011, 20:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i cannot access to my recent login activity, every time i click on view recent login activity, it asks for password. When i enter my password again, it again asks. Can't understand the problem with new ymail.
|Comment #11 by: wizzkiss on 16 Dec 2011, 18:02 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks to the internet, we can now really estimate correctly the amount of not so intelligent people in our civilised society! Just by reading the comments here, anyone can be ashame of is pals!
The feature "Recent Login Activity" is by far the best way to verify if your account as been hacked! But to be effective, the possibility of deleting this information must stay impossible. (If you need more info on that, you are classified as not so intelligent) I am very happy to finaly have the possibility to verify if I really am the only one accessing my mail. For the first time I feel safe! But unfortunely, I can bet you that very soon this great new feature will no longer exist, because big brother is against it. Yes, the last thing your big brother wants, is you to know that he spy on you. And here goes the privacy once and for all, privacy! no privacy, privacy is for big brother only and no one else! And because soo many non intelligent people form our society, big brother will reign again without any much opposition. sadly
|Comment #11.1 by: SuzyQ on 17 Dec 2011, 15:30 GMT|
My recent login hasn't worked since December 10th...Is yahoo having a problem or is it something on my end..I have written for help twice but no response
|Comment #11.2 by: lindalou on 23 Dec 2011, 05:28 GMT|
I also have encountered same problem as Susy Q. My last date of activity is Dec. 11,2011. I have submitted the fact that it isn't working properly, but haven't gotten response. Any one else experiencing the same problems or any ideas how to enable this to work again. I recently discovered there was a key logger installed on laptop.
|Comment #11.3 by: dee on 24 Dec 2011, 23:20 GMT|
My yahoo login activity hasnt changed since Dec 11 th either. anyone know whats going on with this???
|Comment #11.4 by: sart on 05 Mar 2013, 18:29 GMT|
you may be wrong! yes if the location apears other than your city, or other ISP, BUT If you have been hacked from an ip in the range of your ISP, then you cannot know, unless you have static IP. So this feature is good in a very particular way, * in another is futile!
|Comment #12 by: dee on 24 Dec 2011, 23:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
My log in activity hasn't changed since Dec 11th. What is going on with this? I use this all the time to make sure I am not being hacked.
|Comment #12.1 by: utwinky on 29 Dec 2011, 13:22 GMT|
Mine quit working on dec 11 also.I opened another account and recent account activity isnt even on the menu.Does anybody answer these questions?I even canceled my yahoo account completly and the next day it came back.I didnt get a reactivation letter or nothing from yahoo.I wrote to costumer care and it wont even let me send it.Ten different times.I would like some answers.I also had logins from a different state and i got the ip address.Am i being hacked?
|Comment #12.2 by: skip on 01 Jan 2012, 16:39 GMT|
Dee - the same thing is happening to me....mine has been since 12/7 and I can't find out anything to see what is going on. :(
|Comment #13 by: utwinky on 29 Dec 2011, 13:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
My recent activity hasnt worked since dec 11 either.I even canceled my yahoo account,got an email that said it was gone,then logged right back into it the next day.I opened a new account and recent activity isnt even on the menu.I wrote to costumer suport 10 times and it wont even let me send it.
|Comment #14 by: Joseph on 03 Jan 2012, 10:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think YAHOO should keep the recent login activity up to date.My latest recent Login activity is dec. 11, 2011but i've already log in many times after that but of course with the same IP but it is not listed anymore,it's january 3,2012
|Comment #14.1 by: sherry on 04 Jan 2012, 16:41 GMT|
I have the same problem please may somebody answer?!!!
|Comment #15 by: cheese on 10 Jan 2012, 00:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As of Jan. 09, 2012 the yahoo login activity does not include my most recent login activity. The last login activity date reflected is Dec. 09, 2011. I have checked my e-mail many times since Dec. 09, 2011 and Jan. 2012. I also cannot sign out of yahoo. After clicking sign out, I do not get a response telling me that I have signed out. This is new computer only 5 days old.
|Comment #16 by: shark123 on 10 Jan 2012, 12:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this feature is useful,but we can seeonly 25 logins ,which are not enough.you need to increase them to atleast 100 login activities.
|Comment #16.1 by: needtoknow on 21 Feb 2012, 13:27 GMT|
can we view the login activity from January 2012 up until today 21 February 2012? Does Yahoo able to provide us with this? I have wrote to them for help, they replied but did not answering to my question.
|Comment #17 by: Blondie on 18 Jan 2012, 21:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
you should be able to choose if you want login activity on your account and be able to delete the activity just like and email you recieve. A lot of people do not want this and have no say on the matter..I think delete shoul be added ASAP.
|Comment #18 by: Blondie on 18 Jan 2012, 21:43 UTC|| reply to this comment|
So where is the delete for the login activitys so you can delete them like email. this sucks. 1/18/2012 please send me a way to do this if there is.
|Comment #19 by: DEE on 24 Jan 2012, 16:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this is good information. I've been monitoring my login activity because Something changed on my yahoo inbox page. The date column disappeared and I don't know what caused that and I can't seem to get it back no matter what I do. So i got suspicious. There is login activity on my yahoo account from other states. I am in MA. Why is there a login showing up form WA and NH? Am I compromised. I changed my password and within minutes my login activity showed a WA location. Is someone using my account?
|Comment #20 by: rocket92 on 25 Mar 2012, 19:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I want to see more login activity but the option of more login activity doesn't bring up the strange login activity that i saw 3 hours ago
|Comment #21 by: karmawillgetu on 24 Apr 2012, 20:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think my account was hacked in same city as I live in Mobile al
|Comment #22 by: Jan on 07 May 2012, 16:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
How do I delete all of recent login activity?
|Comment #22.1 by: unknown on 17 May 2013, 14:39 GMT|
There is no way to delete them
|Comment #23 by: todd S on 08 May 2012, 20:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
About a year ago I deleted my yahoo email account because I was have technical problems with it. I'm assuming that when I deleted my account my recent login history would have been deleted with everything else.
My concern being that someone could create a new yahoo account with my old yahoo email address and see my past login activity. Which would make me feel uncomfortable.
Also, I assuming that login activity from before yahoo began the new Account Login History is unretrievable or no record of it.
Any response is much appreciated.
|Comment #24 by: leon on 15 May 2012, 21:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
About a little less than a year ago I had a yahoo email account that I had for many years. I closed this account about a year ago because when I used it it would redirect me to some other site with all this weird script. I don't know if someone sent me a virus or something. So, I then got a new email address with a different email provider.
I have now opened a new yahoo email account with a different email address.
My question is this. If someone opened a Yahoo email account with the same email address as the one that I closed, and used the my birthday and zip code as I had in the account that I closed would the Yahoo system recognize this and pull up old data specifically account login activity.
I realize that when a Yahoo email account is closed that data is erased and stored in backup or archives, but I was thinking if someone opened a yahoo email with the same (email address as the one I closed, used my birthday and zip code) that the yahoo system would somehow pull up old data like account login history. I wouldn't want someone to know any of my information especially something personal like account login activity.
I don't think that someone would do this, but you never know. Someone tried to use my other email address that I have with a different provider to sign up for facebook . You can never be too safe.
Your response would be greatly appreciated,
|Comment #25 by: melany on 10 Sep 2012, 14:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i want to know when my acount log in in other devices and location
|Comment #26 by: ksa on 26 Sep 2012, 22:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
how many days recent login activity shows on your mail account
|Comment #27 by: Di on 01 May 2013, 22:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Yahoo....I want my log-in history MY decision to have or not have!!!! Something should be done change how it's done now!!! May just close all accounts and use gmail or some other email service. This is bull****!!!
|Comment #28 by: MAKM on 04 May 2013, 17:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I want to find login history on aperticluar date. Can I do that and How?
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