As from the beginning of 2014, Yahoo will be rolling out encryption as a default for all its webmail users. The move comes a timely 4 years after the practice was adopted by competitors such as Gmail.
The Washington Post has reported that Yahoo will enable the encryption as the standard for all their users starting from January 8th 2014. Previously this year, the option became available for users but has never been the default. This is in sharp contrast to Google, who offered up SSL encryption to its users as an option as early as 2008, whilst making it the default setting in 2010. Before it became Outlook.com, Hotmail made it an option as of 2010, and the default in 2012.
I suppose it’s better late than never, though it is unclear why Yahoo has not chosen to give encryption options to its users until now. The change was made along with an overhaul to Yahoo’s Mail system which has so far proved to be more of a hindrance than a help to many of the service’s disgruntled users.