I deleted my Yahoo account, you should too
For those who missed it, recently it was discovered that Yahoo willingly granted the FBI and/or NSA fully access to all of Yahoo’s customers’ emails. This means that if you have an @yahoo.com email address every email you’ve ever sent or received is in the hands of American Government. More problematically there was no warrant or NSL involved (that we know of) that required access to EVERY email — Yahoo gave up that voluntarily. Before you think this isn’t a big deal or maybe it’s just a “one time thing”… don’t forget that Yahoo willingly helped the Chinese governed find and arrest pro-Democratic “dissidents”.
So what should you do? Delete your Yahoo account right now. The short version is: Log in to your Yahoo mail account, go to the Account Termination page and follow the few steps on the page. It should take you no more than 5 minutes.
It’s been more than a month since this major revelation has come out and Yahoo still has not adequately explained itself. The EFF has posted a lengthy request for details that has, as of today, gone unanswered. The US Government has legal rights to request help of email providers like Yahoo (and Google and Microsoft) for specific emails or users, but there is never a need to give the government full access. Doing so just endangers the rights and freedoms of every user on the system. Delete your account now and use literally anything else — even Microsoft’s Outlook.com is a better service (though I’d recommend Gmail).