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January 12, 2023updated 13 Nov 2023 3:52am

What is Ymail?

Launched to entice new users, the Ymail domain was launched alongside Rocketmail.

By James Nunns

Ymail is an email service offered by Yahoo.

Throughout the platform’s history, there have been many changes, also caused by external factors like cyber attacks and Yahoo’s rise in popularity. One of them is the introduction of two other email domains.

Close-up shot of the Yahoo Mail mobile app from Yahoo.
Yahoo Mail service app. Image: OpturaDesign/Shutterstock

Apart from the original, users can also pick either or But is there any difference between Ymail and the other email suffixes?

What is the difference between Ymail and the other Yahoo domains?

All the domains use the same interface, which ultimately means that there is no difference between the various email suffixes, it is just a question of preference.

The domain Ymail, alongside Rocketmail, was created 11 years after Yahoo’s launch since the email service became so popular that users started to need more options.

The ultimate purpose of alternative domains like Ymail is, therefore, to assure that new customers have more choices in picking their email addresses.

“We want users to get the exact e-mail account they want so they stay with us for life,” said John Kremer, former vice president of Yahoo Mail.

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How many accounts were compromised in the mega-breaches?

The year 2014 saw Yahoo being the victim of a mega cyber attack, during which hackers were able to access and steal 500 million accounts’ data. However, the platform became aware of this breach two years after the actual attack, in 2016, while investigating an unrelated event.

Out of the 500 million accounts, the platform found 200 million on sale on a dark-net website by an individual nicknamed Peace.

In the same year, Yahoo also released information about a previous cyber attack that happened in 2013, in which more than one billion accounts were affected. Both attacks had access to users’ names, numbers, personal information, passwords and even security questions. 

The consequences of these attacks were massive, with Yahoo’s stock price dropping by 3% and losing $1.3bn in market capitalisation. In addition, the impending acquisition deal of Verizon changed its conditions, negotiating $350m less on the overall price.

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