Since 2010

Unexpected sign-in attempt

As I’m an occassional Flickr user I have a Yahoo account, and after this week’s news that Yahoo had a security whoopsie a while ago, I changed my Yahoo account password earlier today.

At about the same time, I got this email:

On Sat, 24 Sep 2016 2:13 pm AEST, we noticed an attempt to sign in to your Yahoo account from an unrecognised device in Australia.

Nice. A few services I use send out emails like this from time-to-time, and it’s reassuring to know that these companies are keeping an eye out for unusual activity.

But then Yahoo’s email went on to say:

If this was you, please sign in from a device that you regularly use.

Does anyone else think the wording is a bit aggressive? I’ll sign in from whatever damned device I want, thank you very much. Why didn’t they just say something like “If this was you, you can safely move on with your day”? Weird.