Windows 10: Itís (Past) Time to Close That Yahoo Account
Outside the Box
Governments around the world have been spying on the internet since the concept came into being.
Cliff S said:
They just don't advertise it. You would have to be very naÔve to believe otherwise.
Here in the UK its a well known fact GCHQ have been doing it for years, so much so that after some complaints by the general public, from today January 1st 2017 a snoopers law takes effect, having been passed in parliament, allowing them freedom to spy on whatever they wish.
The real reason this spying is needed is to safeguard its citizens....there are some very unsavoury people in this world who wish to cause real harm to innocent people and would go to any length to fulfil their objectives.
Personally I could not care less from a privacy point of view as I have nothing to hide, besides better safe than sorry mourning the dead and crippled.
Thank goodness GCHQ and our security services have been efficient at monitoring, as they have already foiled numerous planned murderous attacks in the UK.
Spam could be caused by other people's email accounts being accessed/hacked.
Some sort of "bot" read my Yahoo contact list back in 2008 or 2009.
It sent out 1 spam email to all of the addresses in the list.
When it happened a second time (some months later) I deleted the contact list and it never happened again.
If the list had been transferred to a person, I would've expected the spam to continue unabated.
The same thing happened to my other account in 2012 or 2013.
I immediately deleted the address list in that account and it hasn't happened since.
On both occasions, scans by multiple different AM/AV programs indicated that there was no malware on my PC.
Over the years, I have also received spam that:
- Indicated it was sent by me to me
- Did not have my email address in it anywhere
"Protecting Citizens" is a claim/justification that politicians spout.
Since there is no proper independent oversight/verification of claims made by intelligence agencies/politicians, we can't know what is actually going on.
Here in Australia, the (Conservative) Attorney General is busy reversing the "onus of proof" (for ordinary citizens, not businesses or politicians) on as many laws as possible, basically claiming that criminals/terrorist are too smart for the authorities.
Based on that justification, I wonder how the police were able to solve any crimes before the arrival of the Internet.
He just introduced a law, designed to silence critics and journalists, that requires the accused to prove that government information stored on their computers was not placed there by the owner.
Even "better", because any time this law is used the Government will claim that it is related to "National Security", so the accused won't even be allowed to see the evidence against them and therefore they won't be able to dispute/refute it.
If you believe "better safe than sorry" justifies any and all dubious behaviour by the authorities, you should be lobbying for the introduction of permanent 24/7 martial law.
What could be safer than never being able to leave home without a military escort?
Exactly. I'm just laughing at all those trying to shut down their Yahoo accounts like headless chicken....
Do these people even know where their security settings are, that Yahoo too has 2-step verification, and how they can set up individual passwords for less secure apps that don't allow 2-step verification?
Happy New Year!!
Now I understand the origin of your nic !
Have switched to gmail long time ago, but i do like the concept of disposable email addresses of yahoo. Useful to fight spam.
Sadly for some of us who have email accounts provided indirectly by Yahoo (the email address isn't "email@example.com", but the email account is still managed on Yahoo's servers and reputedly within scope of the hack) 2-step verification isn't an available option.
DavidY, not sure I understand this. Can you give an example? And is this a situation that would never occur with i.e. Gmail?
Outside the Box
I don't know who your intermediary is but if they do not do two step verification I would be astonished.
Sky using Yahoo certainly insist on it.....mine being ********@sky.com
You should check settings.
It's BT. (aka British Telecom).
I had a look but can't find a setting in my settings.
Looking on the BT forums, posts from people who seem to be experts state that you can't get 2-step verification on BT Yahoo accounts - eg. on this thread.
BT's poor email security and lack of 2 step verifi... - BTCare Community Forums
It's probably complicated because BT announced they would migrate everyone's email accounts away from Yahoo and onto another supplier. This was over 2 years ago and although some people got migrated, they halted the migration for some reason that's not clear to me.
But perhaps Yahoo aren't too bothered about rolling out improvements (such as 2-step authentication) as BT have already said they intended to leave them at some point, albeit they haven't done it very well so far.
Outside the Box
How do you open your e-mail.....do you open BT webpage, click on link "e-mail", then sign in using BT e-mail address and password.
If so then you must have two step registration with BT.....if so blame BT for security lapse.
Yahoo have no idea what your BT password is or any security questions you made with BT in opening an account.
It is not you opening Yahoo, it is BT using your logging in details.
BT are solely responsible for any security if wording stated after @****** has any connection to any British Telecom affiliates.
Yahoo are just a service used by BT to deliver.
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