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Yahoo downplays security concerns of old IDs

Yahoo has dismissed concerns that its strategy to recycle inactive user IDs would expose users to hackers, and revealed that only 7% of those IDs have been linked to original Yahoo email accounts.

Recently, the Internet firm revealed plans to release user IDs that remained inactive for more than 12 months, which the company plans to allot to other users.

Yahoo reported that it was pushed to defend the plan following warnings from critics that hackers who capture inactive accounts would also assume the identities of the earlier owners of accounts.

Yahoo believes that the plan will create fresh interest in its Web products including Mail, where users favour individualised user IDs that are derived from common names, Reuters reported.

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The Internet firm’s plans are being criticised amid fears over the security of personal information on the Internet following the disclosures of massive US government snooping and international online crime.

According to reports, Yahoo will also unsubscribe its inactive email accounts from mailing lists with the intention that their new owners will not get unnecessary mail.


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