Yahoo has quietly rolled out an HTTPS option for Yahoo Mail users following a recent hack that left several accounts compromised.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a secure communications connection that adds an extra layer of security to your account. Once used primarily for banking an e-commerce sites, HTTPS is now becoming the norm for any website that stores user information.

Although Yahoo has provided this option, it won’t be turned on by default, meaning you will have to go into your Mail Options to activate it — which can be accessed by clicking the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the window. Once you’re there, click General and check the box next to “Turn on SSL” at the bottom of the menu.

This option will help improve privacy when accessing your email, especially if you work remotely or from an unsecured/public Wi-Fi connection. Yahoo did note that your browser must support SSL in order for it to be used. Unless you’re using an extremely outdated browser, you should be safe — you can see a full list of Yahoo’s supported browsers if you’re unsure.

[Via: The Next Web, Image credit: indigo_girl]