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Yahoo now accepting request for desired usernames

Yahoo now accepting request for desired usernames
Ravi Mandalia

Yahoo has announced that it is now accepting requests for desired usernames – a month after it announced that it said that accounts, which haven’t been used for over a year, will be deactivated and will be up for grabs.

Users can now request their desired usernames, in order of their preference, through the Yahoo Wish List page by providing as many as five desired usernames and a contact email address. Yahoo is planning to inform users about the availability of their desired username in mid-August.

“If your first choice isn’t available, we’ll try one of your backups,” Yahoo said in a blog post.

The first question would be – what about the spam messages that the inactive account was receiving for over a year? Yahoo has revealed that it has been “working with partners, like e-commerce and social networking sites, on identifying that you’re the new owner of a Yahoo username, and not the previous one.” Users can video further details about this on Yahoo developer blog.

Agreed that the above measure will take care of the account for Yahoo partner network but, what about those sites which are not part of the network? What if the previous owner had used to email address for some sensitive stuff and may still be receiving messages for those services?