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Increased Yahoo! email security with OAuth 2.0

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

OAuth 2.0 for Yahoo! upgrades your email security and increases peace of mind.  Yahoo is now migrating their email systems to the industry standard IMAP and OAuth 2.0.  As with Gmail and our previous update to Yahoo integration security with OAuth; OAuth 2.0 is a huge step forward in the protection and security of your email.

OAuth 2.0 Lock and Key

 Think of this upgrade like your email door with a much improved lock.  The old lock and key have been replaced with a stronger lock and key.  The key being your access information to your email account, which is never shared due to OAuth 2.0 security.

For current Boxbe users, the new “key” will need to be used to lock the connection between your email account and your Boxbe user account.  This will require a quick reauthorization of Boxbe’s access to your Yahoo! mailbox:

To begin, simply click to visit our secure reauthorization page. Make sure that you are logged in to your account at Yahoo Mail, then click the “Authorize with Yahoo” button.

We wholeheartedly support Yahoo’s continued efforts to secure your inbox and continue to work with Yahoo to make sure that our service will never – in any way – risk your privacy or security, yet continue to protect you from unwanted and dangerous emails.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Please contact us at if you have any questions or suggestions.


Boxbe User Survey

Monday, October 22nd, 2012


Some of Boxbe’s members, as many as 140,000 of them, recently received an email inviting them to participate in a brief survey about the Boxbe service.  We learned some really useful things about us, including:


  • You like us, you really, really like us.  Over forty percent of you rated us 9 or 10 on a ten point scale for the question “would your recommend Boxbe to friends or relatives?”  In fact, a clear majority–62% rated us 7 or higher.
  • Over half (53.1%) of you use Gmail or Google apps with Yahoo! (and others like ymail, verizon, pacbell, sbcglobal,,, etc.) coming in second at 32.3% and AOL in third at 6.6%.  Eight percent of you use one or more of the above.
  • The bulk of those who responded to the survey–a little over 45%–receive 25-99 emails every day.  A tenth of you receive 100 or more.  We’re glad you’ve got Boxbe to help you sort things out!
  • Nearly nine in ten of you (88%) thought our survey was relevant. We’re glad you took the time to fill it out.

What will Boxbe do with these insights?  We’ll use them to improve the service in a few ways:

  • Some open-ended comments suggested that we could do better in explaining to new members how the service works.  So we’ll improve the site in both structure and content and add some welcome emails to help get new members up to speed.
  • Many of you told us that your biggest problem with email was SPAM, or unsolicited email.  To that end, we’ll re-double our efforts using our universal lists to reduce the clutter in your inbox.
  • Lastly, we plan on using the insights to help spread the word about Boxbe so that more people can enjoy a cleaner, more useful inbox.

Thanks again for all who helped!

For more information on Boxbe, Click here to see how Boxbe works!

Please write to if you require assistance for any Boxbe service issue.

Bacn and Email Bankruptcy made the NY Times’ Buzzword 2007 list

Monday, December 24th, 2007

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Two terms we spent a little time talking about this year made the New York Times 2007 Buzzword List. The Times takes the last Sunday of every year to review the year. Now, there are a lot of end of the year lists, but the Buzzword list is unique, fun and informative.


Bacn, as you recall, is “Impersonal e-mail messages that are nearly as annoying as spam but that you have chosen to receive: alerts, newsletters, automated reminders and the like.”

Congrats to the Podcamp Pittsburgh folks for making “Bacn” one of 2007’s top buzzwords.

Email Bankruptcy

Email Bankruptcy is something most Boxbe users won’t ever have to declare, but we can’t guard against friends, family and colleagues expecting a response to every message they send you.

What you’re declaring when you choose to delete or ignore a very large number of e-mail messages after falling behind in reading and responding to them. This often includes sending a boilerplate message explaining that old messages will never receive a personal, specific response.

Lawrence Lessig and Fred Wilson both famously declared email bankruptcy in the last couple of years. We wish them a better, more productive email life in 2008.

Other tech related terms from this year – crowdsourcing, life streaming, tumblelog, lolcat and one for Mark (our VP of Corp Dev and former CNN producer), I-reporter.