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2014-02-01 06:47:56 AM
I use Yahoo email all the time. Is that not cool? I also have an earthlink account that people constantly laugh at. I don't keep up with this stuff. Maybe it's time to switch. What's a socially acceptable e-mail carrier? In case you're not sure- this is serious....
 
2014-02-01 06:54:28 AM

durbnpoisn: Something just occurred to me. A few weeks ago, yahoo locked my account for "suspicious activity". I had to change my password... I wonder if that's related to this issue?


They were having issues with secure and non-secure information being transmitted that FF and IE both were throwing off warnings about. That was cleared up weeks ago. Maybe your address was compromised during that.
My Yahoo address has been fine all along, so don't any of you Farkettes worry about the BIE you sent me, it's still secure.
 
2014-02-01 07:32:23 AM
I still use them for the less important emails.  Job stuff goes to gmail...   (well, the part that doesn't go to the office email).
Yahoo isn't as demanding about real names and seems to care less if you have multiple accounts.  I don't appreciate having my account deleted after signing up for things using the email, so after google did that to an alternate account, the rest stayed on yahoo.  I think they don't do that at the moment, but after seeing that policy waiver a few times, I see no real benefit to trying to switch the other accounts.  Also, after that round of deletions, it's gotten harder to claim a decent email name.
 
2014-02-01 07:59:05 AM
I still use my Yahoo address for random, unimportant stuff. Actually my Fark account is tied to it, so there you go.
 
2014-02-01 08:06:30 AM

brownie in motion: super_grass: Damn. All those spam whipping-boy accounts, compromised by hackers.

How many of those throwaway accounts do you think were used to sign up for services which have your credit card on file? Where the email account can be used to access the "forgot my password" feature?


You mean my credit card which expired a decade ago?
 
2014-02-01 08:08:38 AM
Yahoo "detected suspicious activity and locked the account" on Thursday.

Yes, I only use it for spam and trivia.  Used to use it for IM at work.  It works better than MS Lync.

Getting it back was easy, they didn't change my phone number so yahoo sent me a text with a reset code.  Now I have my trivia back, yea!
 
2014-02-01 08:11:01 AM
Hopefully these hackers don't oh after "Ask Jeeves" next. I'd hate to have my ability to do internet searches compromised.
 
2014-02-01 08:25:02 AM
I was assured by Tech Journalism™ that Marissa Mayer was Jesus 2.0 and this kind of crap wasn't going to happen anymore.
 
2014-02-01 08:35:52 AM
I have to use GMail at work.  It royally sucks.
 
2014-02-01 08:35:59 AM
Lots of Yahoo hate going on here. I just don't get it. It's a free service. And the email interface isn't all bad. Good Spam filter, too

Yes, it's been around since the early days of the interwebs. I guess people just like to change their email address/domain name whenever something newer & more cool(?) comes along. PITA, for me at least, to send an email out to everyone telling them to change my email address in their contact list. Makes no sense.

I have the same Yahoo email address from the late 90's - I use it for all personal emails. I used for everything up until the last outage a few months back. Business emails now go to my @outlook.com address.

Gmail's interface & look blows. Whar the Google hate??
 
2014-02-01 08:37:22 AM
Having signed up for 200+ yahoo email accounts in the last 10 years, all under phony names and info, I just can't give a rat's ass.
 
2014-02-01 09:02:42 AM
Yahoo Mail (or other Yahoo services) seem to have a major security breach at least twice a year. Not sure why this one is making mainstream news.  IIRC the previous one last year involved some kind of cookie hijack if you happened to browse across any Yahoo News site.
 
2014-02-01 09:04:30 AM

MarkEC: I use my Yahoo email account here and a few other websites. Their spam filter is quite good. The spam folder always has 30 times more in it than the inbox.


Yahoo is my go-to for any commercial services, merchants, etc. Some advertisement emails I'd actually like to get often end up in my spam folder.

I got a gmail address way back in the "invitation only" days, so I was lucky enough to get just my last name (which is fairly common) and a single digit.

The unintentionally funny result of that is that I get quite a bit of personal email intended for other people. Evidently it's very easy to exclude a few characters here or there and type my email address in by mistake. It's pretty entertaining sometimes, like a reverse voyeurism.
 
2014-02-01 09:05:57 AM
Apparently, there's a fair number of Yahoo employees on Fark.
 
2014-02-01 09:15:23 AM

Pokey.Clyde: Yahoo email addresses and passwords stolen. Company braces for complaints from all seven users

I guess the FAIL tag is for subby.

FTFA:  Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after Google's Gmail

In other words, subby.....you're a moron.



Um...you  are aware that FARK is a humor site, right?

On second thought:  Never mind.  You're probably busy fact-checking this week's episode of Two Broke Girls.
 
2014-02-01 09:41:31 AM
If you have internet service from AT&T you are using yahoo for your email if you have an @ameritech.net, @sbcglobal.net, or @att.net account in the midwest and ay of the other subsidiaries around the country.  No word yet if these have been targeted as well.
 
2014-02-01 09:47:53 AM
i have relatives that use yahoo email as their work email...

no, i still don't get it
 
2014-02-01 10:05:58 AM
Marissa Mayer may come and complain to me in person. Naked and bound, that is.
 
2014-02-01 10:13:56 AM

Coming on a Bicycle: Marissa Mayer may come and complain to me in person. Naked and bound, that is.

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I bet her password is Sh0e$....
 
2014-02-01 10:26:31 AM
Maybe I'd like Yahoo more if for every spam I get in my inbox I get a naked picture of the ceo
 
2014-02-01 10:34:26 AM

Coming on a Bicycle: Marissa Mayer may come and complain to me in person. Naked and bound, that is.


Has any woman ever not complained when viewing you naked?
 
2014-02-01 10:48:42 AM
I've had the same Yahoo account as my main email since the 90s. I'm always annoyed at these morons who change their email every 6 months because they got a new ISP, got themselves locked out of their old account or just because something newer and trendy came along.

It works as good as any other email service and best of all they're not constantly changing how everything's set up simply for the sake of change.
 
2014-02-01 11:09:24 AM
Yahoo said the usernames and passwords weren't collected from its own systems, but from a third-party database.

Oh, well, it was a third-party database that contained all those Yahoo usernames and passwords... guess that take the pressure off of Yahoo!.
 
2014-02-01 11:22:44 AM
Out of curiosity, I just checked my Yahoo account for the first time in several weeks. Out of 171 emails in my inbox, there were around 20 legitimate emails. The rest were things like this gem.

Sent From: Gionna Hemsworth
Subject: Fw:B lowsOf ffark ingS isterPor nH aired 穌纎篼郡 袕盬贇胵 脁翈駛輺 蛒鄖良骸 讦韫皠蘻 罓銂缣霸. 駊 鉉 詣 筻 絲 翻 鞖 賕 躉! 磵蘊礕蚛豫竊Tꐡhꑳiꃆs骝衊Wꀴeꇉbꋸ-ꃗSꐯiꃷtꂗ e 续郬Cꄟoꋭn
Sent  To: Several hundred other email addresses
Body: Clearly spam for porn site, with special characters between each letter.
Extra Note: I have several dozen of these in my inbox, all with different sender names, but identical subject line and body.

That's the kind of crap that should never ever show up in someone's inbox these days. There's really no excuse, it's not some kind of edge case, there's nothing marginal about it. The only way that doesn't get caught up in a spam filter and either deleted immediately or delivered to a spam folder is incompetence.
 
2014-02-01 11:29:57 AM
I use yahoo for most of my personal email. But lately I've noticed that the client has become unstable. Have to reload every few times I view a message. Might be time to switch.
 
2014-02-01 11:37:04 AM

brownie in motion: How many of those throwaway accounts do you think were used to sign up for services which have your credit card on file? Where the email account can be used to access the "forgot my password" feature?


What bothers me is if I need to call a hotel and make a reservation and they ask for a credit card number to hold the room.  I started giving out one from a Random ID Generator a while ago.  The CV number checks out, so that's all that really matters to the drone on the other side.
 
2014-02-01 11:43:25 AM

ChewbaccaJones: Ok.  When was the last time you emailed someone who wasn't your grandmother who had a @Yahoo address?


Me. Yahoo has been my primary e-mail since 1997. Back then, your choices were pretty much either one of three webmail services -- Yahoo, Hotmail, or AOL --, an e-mail attached to your ISP, job, or college. For somebody who moved around a lot, a webmail address was a better choice. Yahoo and Hotmail were about equivalent in terms of quality and reputation back then, with AOL being the home of hopeless dumbshiats.

Once I had a Yahoo address established for friends, business accounts, etc., it was easier to just stick with it rather than notify hundreds of different people of a new address. Yahoo isn't necessarily the best mail operation, and it does have a bit of a fading reputation, but it's usable, (mostly) reliable, and it does what I need it to do. So that's what I use.
 
2014-02-01 11:48:27 AM

wingnut396: Yahoo said the usernames and passwords weren't collected from its own systems, but from a third-party database.

Oh, well, it was a third-party database that contained all those Yahoo usernames and passwords... guess that take the pressure off of Yahoo!.



If it's true, and people used their yahoo emails and passwords as logins somewhere else, what would yahoo be able to do about that?  That's a pretty common sort of thing and why you get sites like https://pwnedlist.com/

Basically, they detected fraudulent logins, and nobody knows where the data came from yet.
 
2014-02-01 12:16:04 PM
I've been using Yahoo for about 6 months.  Changed jobs and decided it was time to keep business and personal apart.  The mail interface is nice.  The spam filter is pretty decent, maybe one spam a week.  The calendar is the main issue I have.

If you have my password, have fun reading email reminding me I have soccer games on certain days or email from my soccer teams that go from "who's playing tonight" down to the juvenile "I'll be there but i'll be playing with myself after the game" emails.

I have a gmail account but their interface is atrocious. The only thing i get is Gmail spam about new google features or some new video posted to youtube.  I get more "google spam" in that account than I get actual spam in my yahoo account.
 
2014-02-01 12:49:58 PM
A note to the hackers who lifted all those yahoo address's and site passwords from that non-yahoo site:

Don't send so many bots at once to see if the passwords match peoples Yahoo mail.
There are settings in that program you bought, that control how noticeable you are.

/Bludgeon someone to death at 4am, as opposed to 4pm, as there are too many witness's at 4pm.
//Its a good thing
 
2014-02-01 12:54:20 PM
I've had my Yahoo mail account since the late 90s, and I still use it more than my gmail account(s). Because of my username on one of the Gmail accounts I have, the inbox gets flooded with Brazilian Portuguese spam, and they think my name is Marisa. I don't understand Portuguese, but every week or so, I get another "thank you for signing up with $SOCIAL_SITE (or similar), Please verify your email address," usually in Portuguese. I try to cancel the ones I can (there's a couple of gambling sites where I can't seem to delete the fake account that uses my email address), and the rest go into the Spam folder. Obviously, spammers are using accounts with my address on those sites to broadcast their shiat there.

I wish there was a way to filter messages by language. Google had that freakin' translator attached to every site they have, but Gmail can't filter by language. Frankly, I'd rather shut down that account altogether.

So, yeah, I just changed my Yahoo password (again). I haven't touched my mailexcite.com account is ages, though. That's probably a honeypot for spam.
 
2014-02-01 12:55:47 PM
Oh yeah... I had an e-mail shoved down my throat for joining a couple of yahoo discussion groups.  Good luck to hackers.  I'm sure the yahoo bot that sends periodic updates will appreciate their spam. I don't have any other addresses attached to it.
 
2014-02-01 12:56:37 PM

BGates: I have to use GMail at work.  It royally sucks.


When it's loading right after you log in, click the link that switches you to plain HTML.  Instantly makes GMail vastly better.
 
2014-02-01 01:05:01 PM
I have a hotmail, yahoo & gmail account. I hate all 3 because of their shiatty user interface.QUESTION: What are some decent web-based alternatives?I don't like the richly-interactive, facebook / gmail style found in many of today's web-based emails (hotmail, yahoo & gmail).Suggestions?
 
2014-02-01 01:10:53 PM

Piizzadude: generallyso: Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after Google's Gmail, according to the research firm comScore. There are 273 million Yahoo mail accounts worldwide, including 81 million in the U.S.


If they're counting the total number of accounts that have ever been opened with Yahoo rather than those which are currently active I might believe that.

Didnt they do a clean out not all that long ago to clear the dead accounts out??


Sure did, and my battlefield 3 account was attached to that email account, now I can't play!
 
2014-02-01 01:16:53 PM
I still have my Rocketmail account that I access via Yahoo.
 
2014-02-01 01:25:17 PM
I have several yahoo accounts I can't remember the passwords to anyone have a link to the torrent?
 
2014-02-01 02:08:07 PM

ReapTheChaos: I've had the same Yahoo account as my main email since the 90s. I'm always annoyed at these morons who change their email every 6 months because they got a new ISP, got themselves locked out of their old account or just because something newer and trendy came along.

It works as good as any other email service and best of all they're not constantly changing how everything's set up simply for the sake of change.


THIS
A good portion of the people on my contacts list are so old that they wouldn't know how to change my email to a new address.


Yahoo said the usernames and passwords weren't collected from its own systems, but from a third-party database.

And Target was using a data handling service in India. When will people learn basic data security?
 
2014-02-01 03:20:57 PM

ErinPac: wingnut396: Yahoo said the usernames and passwords weren't collected from its own systems, but from a third-party database.

Oh, well, it was a third-party database that contained all those Yahoo usernames and passwords... guess that take the pressure off of Yahoo!.


If it's true, and people used their yahoo emails and passwords as logins somewhere else, what would yahoo be able to do about that?  That's a pretty common sort of thing and why you get sites like https://pwnedlist.com/

Basically, they detected fraudulent logins, and nobody knows where the data came from yet.


Then it would not really be their data breach. I would hope they would have identified what service, not related to Yahoo, was compromised.  The way I understood it, and some TV reports on it, was that it was a third party vendor/consultant of Yahoo that was breached.   That may be incorrect, so I remain very curious as the details of this third party.
 
2014-02-01 05:56:52 PM
I've had my Rocketmail account since 1996.  Rocketmail is owned by Yahoo.  I don't plan on getting rid of a 20 year old email address.
 
2014-02-01 09:33:28 PM

wingnut396: ErinPac: wingnut396: Yahoo said the usernames and passwords weren't collected from its own systems, but from a third-party database.

Oh, well, it was a third-party database that contained all those Yahoo usernames and passwords... guess that take the pressure off of Yahoo!.


If it's true, and people used their yahoo emails and passwords as logins somewhere else, what would yahoo be able to do about that?  That's a pretty common sort of thing and why you get sites like https://pwnedlist.com/

Basically, they detected fraudulent logins, and nobody knows where the data came from yet.

Then it would not really be their data breach. I would hope they would have identified what service, not related to Yahoo, was compromised.  The way I understood it, and some TV reports on it, was that it was a third party vendor/consultant of Yahoo that was breached.   That may be incorrect, so I remain very curious as the details of this third party.


How would yahoo identify it if it were an unrelated third party?

How the media is reporting on the fault / third party thing seems to vary drastically from article to article.

The more detailed articles I've seen have yahoo reps advising people not to duplicate passwords, saying this is what comes from that, which sounds like an unrelated source (or at least assumed unrelated), and mentioned that they noticed the automated, suspicious logins (and not any theft of passwords itself).

This appears to be the official statement most of the news articles are elaborating on:  http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/75083532312/important-security-update-fo r -yahoo-mail-users   This does mention duplicating passwords, though it isn't especially clear.

I suspect most are drawing conclusions because they do not understand the possibilities involved, and are written based on that official statement and whatever tech knowledge the writer may or may not have.  It doesn't sound like even Yahoo knows where the information came from, and if it was truly third party they might not find out.  If that's the case, then the proactive notice and attempted prevention is a good thing on Yahoo's part, and about as much as they really can do.  Of course, they could be wrong about the source at this point.... though, there could be good clues, like automated incorrect logins and such which wouldn't be as likely to come from their info or a connected source.  A few quotes do mention mass login attempts which sounds like they may not all be successful ones.  They're not real clear about where the source was... but they might not really have much information to work with.
 
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