Windows 10: Itís (Past) Time to Close That Yahoo Account

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       15 Dec 2016 #1

    Itís (Past) Time to Close That Yahoo Account


    Like many others, I still have an old Yahoo account kicking around, mostly because Iím too lazy to close it. But with the revelation this week that a further one billion accounts were hacked, itís time to close that Yahoo account.

    Actually, itís past time.

    Yahoo revealed earlier this year that over 500 million user accounts had been compromised by electronic attacks dating back to 2014. Why it waited two years to disclose this information, and why it waited until after Verizon had agreed to purchase the company for $4.8 billion, is both mysterious and infuriating.

    But things just got worse.

    And if you take a bitter glee in the fact that one-time Internet darling Yahoo, which was once worth over $125 billion and actually spurned a $44.6 billion Microsoft takeover in 2007, well then. Youíre going to love this one.

    Yahoo announced last night that it has discovered that an additional 1 billion user accounts were compromised in electronic attacks dating back to 2013.

    Yes, one billion. One billion more, on top of the 500 million it previously disclosed.

    ďWe believe an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts,Ē the firm revealed. ďWe have not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft. We believe this incident is likely distinct from the incident we disclosed on September 22, 2016.Ē

    This company isnít worth $4.80, let alone $4.8 billion. But we can all do our part to hasten its overdue demise, by closing our accounts.

    Before doing so, make sure this wonít impact anything else. For example, if youíre actually using your Yahoo account for email, God help you, then youíre going to need to migrate the account. I canít help you with that, per se. Changing email accounts is as painful as changing phone numbers, but anyone still using a Yahoo email account in 2016 Ö I mean, seriously?


    Read more: Its (Past) Time to Close That Yahoo Account - Thurrott.com
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  2.    15 Dec 2016 #2

    Just closed my old and unused account. Who could trust them again?
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  3. Posts : 322
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       15 Dec 2016 #3

    There are a lot of discussion groups - sort of email list groups with a web interface - on Yahoo. I belong to 3 of them. Yahoo is making users change their passwords, but that's sort of a useless reaction to an event that took place 3 years ago.
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  4.    15 Dec 2016 #4

    Kind of sucks for me. My ISP is BT and although my email isn't yahoo format it is powered by yahoo. Trouble is I have used the acc for over 20 years so I can't turn my back on it. Everything is linked to it, most importantly my Apple ID. About 2 years ago BT announce they were migrating the email provider away from yahoo but whilst many users did get free of yahoo, many got left behind. And now for reasons unknown the migration has stalled. So stuck with yahoo and I can tell you their IMAP email is rubbish, on iOS using the native app it is so prone to long delays getting the emails or checking for them. Their demise can't come quickly enough for me
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    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18.1 MATE (64 bit), W10IP VM, W10 Home
       15 Dec 2016 #5

    Scottyboy99 said: View Post
    About 2 years ago BT announce they were migrating the email provider away from yahoo but whilst many users did get free of yahoo, many got left behind. And now for reasons unknown the migration has stalled.
    The BoD "re-purposed" that money for their performance bonuses.
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  6.    15 Dec 2016 #6

    I use it for their financial data, the email account was made up with phony data. :-(
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  7.    16 Dec 2016 #7

    I finally killed my old account from the late-mid 90's. It was a trash account, however needed to be done.
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  8.    16 Dec 2016 #8

    Thankfully I dont have any Yahoo accounts.
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  9.    16 Dec 2016 #9

    Got rid of mine so long ago, I can't even remember the year.

    Henry
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  10. Posts : 108
    Windows XP, 7, 8.1, 10, Knoppix [Debian] linux
       16 Dec 2016 #10

    pokeefe0001 said: View Post
    There are a lot of discussion groups - sort of email list groups with a web interface - on Yahoo. I belong to 3 of them. Yahoo is making users change their passwords, but that's sort of a useless reaction to an event that took place 3 years ago.
    Same here - including a group used by my local community.
    The password issue is just icing on the cake.
    The changes that Yahoo made to the web-based interface go further in the wrong direction with every iteration, and they clearly ignore user complaints as long as the ads display OK. Check the community help pages for complaints about the scrolling bug that has gone on for years now.
    Really wish the groups could be migrated elsewhere; they are the only remaining useful thing left but are infuriating to use.
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