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Yahoo's Recycled Email Addresses: 3 Things To Know
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KMBurnham
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KMBurnham,
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9/24/2013 | 2:38:31 PM
re: Yahoo's Recycled Email Addresses: 3 Things To Know
Follow-up story is here: http://www.informationweek.com...

Yahoo Recycled Emails: Users Find Security Surprises
Some Yahoo users who took advantage of recycled IDs
report they're getting emails intended for the old account holders --
including personal data.
KMBurnham
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KMBurnham,
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9/9/2013 | 7:40:12 PM
re: Yahoo's Recycled Email Addresses: 3 Things To Know
I'm talking with Tom this week to learn more about his experience. Stay tuned!
tjenkins402
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9/9/2013 | 12:51:19 PM
re: Yahoo's Recycled Email Addresses: 3 Things To Know
Two quick thoughts here as the recipient of a reclaimed Yahoo ID and email account. 1) The level of spam coming to the account is HUGE. 2) Yahoo has done a terrible job of protecting the ID of the former account holder. They may have put some measures in place but it is clear that many companies are not using them. Based on emails sent with the intention of going to the previous account holder, I know the account holder's name, their spouses name, their address, their children's name, their mobile carrier's account number, their phone number, their credit card number (!!!), the last 4 digits of their SSN (!!!!) and where they like to shop. I've also been invited to a few parties via evite (and similar services). If I was an evil guy, I could do a lot of harm. I'm sure that I could get access to a bank account in less than 30 minutes worth of work. The key take away for me is: never lose access to an email account because you don't know who may end up getting future access.
Michael Endler
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9/6/2013 | 10:42:33 PM
re: Yahoo's Recycled Email Addresses: 3 Things To Know
I don't care enough about a "dream" Yahoo account to pay even the measly $1.99, but Yahoo seems to be going about this in a pretty reasonable way. Having made probably 100 throwaway email accounts over the years, I've always wondered what big email providers think of all the ghost accounts they're supporting.
Thomas Claburn
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9/6/2013 | 5:09:28 PM
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$1.99 to store 5 email addresses for three years...now there's a business model.
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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9/6/2013 | 4:53:40 PM
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I think this is a good way to weed out those who register for free email accounts just to sign up for a service, etc., and who never intend to use the email account.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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9/6/2013 | 1:58:36 PM
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It makes perfect sense to require a log-in yearly. So far, reportedly, Google does not have a similar policy, but how long before it follows suit? $1.99 is $1.99 after all!


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