Yahoo to reset and re-issue inactive IDs starting mid-July

By Shawn Knight
Jun 12, 2013
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  1. Here’s the scenario: you’re signing up for a new service or web account and without fail, the username you’re interested in is already taken. Sure, you can attach a string of numbers or characters to the end but it’s not...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,471   +962

    Everyone should do this.
    ReederOnTheRun likes this.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 7,934   +2,471

    Are you crazy? I want to forget, I had an account with Yahoo. It's probably been 6 years and I will be happy to make it 60.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,471   +962

    It opens up the opportunity for people who actually use the accounts to get one. But I dont think a username with a 3 at the end is life threatening LOL. I think 1 year may be a bit too little, it should be at least 3.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 7,934   +2,471

    By people are you referring to automated spam (aka: smut) generating servers?
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,471   +962

    Lol true. You got me :D.
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Re-using usernames is a bad and dangerous idea. There are thousands of 'celebrities' in their own Internet circle who are inactive. Giving their username to someone else can have dangerous consequences that reach out into real life.

    e.g. new user starts posting illegal stuff, this leaks through to people who know original user in real life.
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,471   +962

    Yeah true. What if someone has a Youtube example, that is connected to a email account, solely dedicated to getting messages about new subscribers. They are screwed lol.
  9. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Enthusiast Posts: 289   +67

    Then again, they need to clean house, and they can't take care of everyone else on the Internet. Phone numbers and licenses are reissued. Social security numbers (in the US) are reused. And we somehow survived all that (not that they were good ideas). If there are problems we have to worry about on the Internet, this won't make it on the list, although you would most probably receive an email intended for someone else...
  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Social Security? Damn, what the hell? Phone number is less personal, but an internet username to some people is like their Internet ID.
  11. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Enthusiast Posts: 289   +67

    Yep, email is used to uniquely identify a person, but we are talking about email addresses that have not been used in over a year. I agree with JC713 above. 3 years is probably a better length of time.
  12. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Booster Posts: 710   +149

    I got an e-mail this morning from Yahoo about an account I rarely use. All I had to do to "reactivate" was log in. However, I am with others on this. Let people get creative and think up different user names if the one they want is already taken.

    However, I would not be surprised if this is to clean up accounts that are inactive rather than allowing existing user names to expire. If they are inactive, then they are at least somewhat at risk of being hijacked.
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Thanks for the update! I've had my account with them a year after they started. They started in 1994 and had joined them in 1995.
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Er, be careful about emails you receive saying "your account is inactive and will be deleted, click here to reactivate". That's phishing.

    Make sure you log into the Yahoo services directly from a browser, not via links.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  15. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    I wish they deactivate the spam accounts too.

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