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  • Enthusiast (8358 posts)
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    What happens if I lose my e-mail address

    AT&T is forcing me to accept a different e-mail address. I no longer have access to my old mailbox. All of my information has apparently been lost in the either.

    Can I log in using my new address? Will I have to change my “name”? I mean will I have to be EnthusiastII or something?

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church

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  • night (163 posts)
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    1. not enough information

    Can you explain more about what is going on…

    By the way,  I use thunderbird for email, so the email once it gets through the ISP’s server, lives on my laptop.

     

    • Enthusiast (8358 posts)
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      2. I have used a Yahoo e-maill address for years, over a decade.

      When I write an explanation and try to send it I get the following:

      403 Forbidden
      A potentially unsafe operation has been detected in your request to this site.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • Enthusiast (8358 posts)
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      3. I'll try it again. Maybe I am being censored.

      Once again I am not allowed to send my response. WTF?

      I am being critical of AT&T?

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
    • Enthusiast (8358 posts)
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      4. I'll try this….

      “Someone” insisted that I change my password because of a Yahoo security breach. After I changed my password I find that I am now saddled with a new e-mail address that I didn’t want. My old Yahoo page is gone with all my information on it. I have no idea how to find my old page.

      I am registered on a number of sites with that old e-mail address. Will I have to register again using my new address? Will I also have to change my “name”? Will my history be lost?

      Sorry to be so unspecific but I know very little about the internet and computers. Thanks.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
      • elias39 (3222 posts)
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        5. Did you get caught in a 'phishing' expedition?

        Remember John Podesta.

        I’m with ‘night’. Get a stand-alone  e-mail application. They’re easy and safer than web-mail.

        It sounds like you may very well have to ‘start over’.  Sorry. Bottom line is: web-mail sucks. Yahoo, AOL, etc.

        “Name, no, nothing is nameable, tell, no, nothing can be told, what then, I don't know, I shouldn't have begun.” ― Samuel Beckett, Stories and Texts for Nothing
        • Enthusiast (8358 posts)
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          6. Thanks.

          "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
      • Enlightenment (887 posts)
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        7. Normally, you don't need to re-register with websites

        but you won’t receive any messages (obviously) and if you lose your password or something, you’re screwed.

        You should be able to log-in to the various sites and change your email address – you should not have to change your username (Enthusiast) to do that, so your ‘history’ of posting or whatever will not be lost.

        As annoying as this is, it may be for the best. Yahoo is not very secure (security is ephemeral at best, anywhere). A suggestion above about using Thunderbird (or Microsoft Outlook or Eudora – which is now open source – or some other email client) is a really good idea if you don’t want to lose old email messages. These ‘client’ programs reside on your computer and allow you to download your email from the server (be it Yahoo, ATT, gmail, whatever) so it is resident on your hard drive, forever – if you want it. If you’re not too savvy with computers, I’d recommend getting someone to help you set it up, whichever one you choose. Once it is set-up, it’s very simple to operate.

        Just remember that an email client program is NOT your email provider. All it does is link to your provider’s server and downloads the messages (they remain on your providers server until you delete them – like Yahoo or ATT or gmail, so you could, for example, still check your mail while you’re visiting a friend or whatever, using the Internet page for your email).

        All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies. - John Arbuthnot, 1637-1735
        • Enthusiast (8358 posts)
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          8. Very good. Thank you.

          "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church