What the heck is Yahoo thinking?

In this era of nasty malware and Internet scams you’d think that one of the Internet icons would know better. You’d be wrong.

With that in mind, I nominate Yahoo for the «cobbler’s children have no shoes» award. To renew a subscription to Yahoo Mail Plus (which went up $10 this year for some reason, a 100% increase), Yahoo sends its subscribers a billing e-mail from a cryptic domain, cc.yahoo-inc.com with absolutely no prior warning. The e-mail of course asks you to verify personal information and supply your credit card number ? an Internet taboo if there ever was one.

After my wife input her information and clicked «send,» she had a bad feeling and asked me to investigate. I poked around the URL and even did some background checking on InterNic before determining that the site was legitimate. Even then I was left with a lingering suspicion.

Given all of the headlines, a lot of Yahoo e-mail customers are bound to delete this e-mail. Yahoo will then…

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