Jul 16 2013, 3:40am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
Any Yahoo IDs that have been out of use for a year or so will be scrapped. This is to make way for new users who are eager to employ Yahoo’s services. A month’s time is all that Yahoo is granting inactive account holders to log in. Otherwise their domains will be deleted and the newcomers will have access to fresh Yahoo mail accounts. Yahoo has even included a wish list for those individuals who want a new name. All you have to do is sign up at the specific site and give five usernames in order of preference. Then you click the button and get a message in return. Even if your first favorite is unavailable, Yahoo will go ahead and start with the second and then the third. And the fun thing is you can fill the submission form again and again. You can make your wish list by August 7, 2013.
Unfortunately, such operations are ideal for hackers and spammers who can utilize them for their nefarious purposes. Yahoo is looking into this aspect of the equation. In order to specify that a previous site has a new owner, Yahoo has created a “Require-Recipient-Valid-Since” service. Thus for now at least Yahoo’s IDs are a hot commodity. This compost heap ofinactive IDs is a great idea provided that it doesn’t get into the wrong hands. The prevention of ID theft and fraud remains on top of the to-do list for Yahoo.
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