Yahoo has released an excellent "Sign-in Seal" feature that lets you embed a personalized text message or even a photograph on Yahoo! Login screen. [see the Yahoo screenshot on the left which has a picture of me]

No, this is not for any fun or creating a personlized sign-in page, the Yahoo! Text or Image Seal is a wonderful security feature that would prevent you from supplying your Yahoo! login credentials to a phishing site.

The Yahoo Sign-in seal works like this. You begin by sharing with Yahoo either a secret text (like your street address or girlfriend's name) or a personal photograph that anyone who uses your computer can recognize (like a picture of your dog or even a family photograph).

Now when you visit the genuine Yahoo! sign-in screen on that computer, you'll also see you message or photo. If the message, photo, or colors are different or missing, you may have landed on a phishing site. Don't sign in.

This amazing feature may be a big relief to all Yahoo! users. I strong feel that Google, eBay, Paypal and others must follow the footsteps of Yahoo here. It will just make the online world a more safer place to live, interact and shop.

Yahoo! Prevent Password Theft - Create Yahoo! Sign In Seal [via BigBlueBall]