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Bob Greene
20 Dec 2016

Thanks for the latest disaster news from Yahoo!, especially the link to the Krebs report. The bad news about horrifically slack industry security simply keeps coming.

Of course, industry has no excuse, and easily can find good security consultants. Attribute much of its failure to a cynical corporate cost/benefit analysis customarily substituted for actual due diligence with customer data.

Perhaps, now, we understand the shout of "Yahoo!" came from both Yahoo! managers anticipating even greater dollar returns from their refusal to invest in tight security, and from hackers anticipating the same.

In regard to Yahoo! and AT&T, I closed my own BellSouth account long ago, about one year after it was engulfed and devoured by AT&T. In that brief interval, AT&T demonstrated it had bitten off more than it could chew, and customer integration into the AT&T system using Yahoo! was a precarious process, even when it worked.

* A year after leaving AT&T, on reviewing my old AT&T email files for pruning and file management, I found my old AT&T email boxes were still active! They continued active for about one year after that.

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Lou
20 Dec 2016

On April 21, 2014 AOL announced it got hacked. At least 2% of all email accounts seem to have been affected. On September 10, 2014, Gmail announced that at least 5 million of its accounts were hacked. And so on, and so on... It is common to listen to these announcements and people cancel their accounts here and there thinking that will solve the problem.

First of all, your account is never canceled, but deactivated, which means your data is still in their database. And hackers can still access it if they want to.

Second, the more you switch from one email to the other, there more you expose your information out there to become more available for hackers to find you.

Third, if it's not a hacker from another country, it's the company's themselves hacking each other to discredit their competitors.

The only thing to do is follow these steps if you think you're a victim of identity theft.

https://www.usa.gov/identity-theft

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Butch
21 Dec 2016

Bob, _if_ you ever do a series of on-line videos (a la Leo Notenboom), please, please, please remember us deaf/hard of hearing folks and use captioning. My eyes 'hear' just fine, but my ears don't 'see' too well. Thanks very much for all that you do.

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Bertram Lowi
22 Dec 2016

Thanks for the heads-up, Bob. Have let Yahoo linger as a stand-by web-link resource out of shear laziness but your horror story prompted me to give it an unceremonious heave-ho. Even as I did, I got a lock-up scare message to call some "microsoft" help number. The only way out was to ignore the"Do NOT shut down your computer" warning and shut down. Adios Yahoo.

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NAN STAHLBERG
24 Apr 2017

Could you please give directions for moving my Yahoo emails to Gmail....and, will this include files ?

Blonde tech dummy over here...lol

Thanks in advance...
Nan

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NAN STAHLBERG
24 Apr 2017

Could you please give directions for moving my Yahoo emails to Gmail....and, will this include files ?

Blonde tech dummy over here...lol

Thanks in advance...
Nan

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