Windows 10: Running away from Yahoo without ties (more direct question)

  1.    07 Jan 2017 #1

    Running away from Yahoo without ties (more direct question)

    I do not have thorough modern talent with todays email applications.

    Are there any high quality email applications where I can use my current **** address without the new email application being tied back to Yahoo. I want to cut the Yahoo email cord but the necessity to change email addresses after decades is dearly a unsurmountable undertaking for me and my wife. I would want a permanent high quality email application.

    Thank you.
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    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       07 Jan 2017 #2


    Good question. It's complicated.

    You can use any email client (Outlook, TB, eM client, Mailbird, or others) with your ISP email account, or with any webmail account.

    The problem is that it is sbcglobal/AT&T that has the relationship/linkage to yahoo.
    See here:

    My Yahoo Account Was Hacked! Now What?

    For example, British telecom giant BT uses Yahoo for their customer email, as did/do SBCGlobal, AT&T and BellSouth. Also, email addresses were serviced by Yahoo until AOL took over. Up in Canada, Rogers customers may also have Yahoo email addresses. Im sure there are plenty of others Im missing, but you get the point: Your Yahoo account may not include the word yahoo at all in the address.
    Even if you close your yahoo account (which you should do), your account is still indirectly tied to yahoo.
    There's nothing that an email client itself can do to fix that.
    An email client is just a locally installed program on your computer that allows you to read/write/store email messages; you can have multiple email accounts configured within the program (for example, on my main desktop PC, I have 2 ISP accounts and 1 gmail account). IOW, the email client is just the middle man between your ISP mail account and your computer.
    So the "yahoo tie" has nothing to do with your choice of email client.
    Rather it's related to your ISP email account.

    The only way to get totally away from yahoo would be to switch to a different ISP that does not have ties to yahoo.
    You could keep your ISP and just close all your email accounts and switch to gmail. But I think your ISP (@sbcglobal) service will still be indirectly tied to yahoo.
    If you change your ISP and/or change to gmail, it would mean you would have a new, different email address (or addresses). Most ISP mail services and webmail services (such as gmail) provide tools to help you switch (such as notifying all of your contacts, etc.). It's a bit of a pain. But it's manageable.
    No matter what you end up doing, you can still use your old or new email or webmail accounts with your chosen email client.

    From a security standpoint, it's probably a good idea to get away from anything yahoo.


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  3.    07 Jan 2017 #3

    Thank you. Your thorough explanation provides me with a clearer understanding of the situation. I am considering Chrome so I will research how they tie back to Yahoo.

    Good evening,
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  4. Posts : 824
    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       07 Jan 2017 #4


    You are most welcome.:)

    Chrome is a web browser, like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Opera and others.
    A web browser is a software application used to access information on the World Wide Web.
    It has nothing to do with email or webmail (or Yahoo), per se.

    The only direct relationship between a web browser and email comes when you access either your ISP email account and/or your webmail account (such as yahoo mail or gmail) from your web browser.
    If you have an email client installed, then you can also access your emails through that email client.

    So, when you have email accounts (ISP or webmail or Exchange, etc.), you can access those accounts at least two ways:
    • Via your email client program installed on your computer; and/or
    • Via your web browser to access the email service's web page

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