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Your Old Yahoo Email Address Is Up for Grabs Tomorrow

Users will be able to snatch up Yahoo IDs that have been dormant for the last year.

Your Old Yahoo Email Address Is Up for Grabs Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Yahoo will release email addresses that have been inactive for the past 12 months. Those looking to graduate from number-filled addresses can upgrade to something more memorable, like john[at]yahoo.com.

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Users have put in requests to claim dormant IDs since July 15 and will find out Thursday if they got the username they wanted. The program to free up and recycle old Yahoo IDs has raised security concerns. Wired‘s Mat Honan, whose hacked accounts made headlines last summer, called it a “spectacularly bad idea” because of the potential for people to use password resets to steal the original users’ identities.

Yahoo responded to these criticisms by saying most inactive IDs aren’t associated with a mailbox. Furthermore, it implemented a 30-day deactivation period, unsubscribing dormant accounts from newsletters and other marketing emails. Businesses, financial institutions, and social networks have also been sent notifications about deactivated email addresses.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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