Yahoo Begins Redistributing Email Addresses & Usernames
In June, I wrote an article about how domain registrars can deal with Yahoo’s decision to recycle email addresses. This decision could prove to be problematic for domain owners whose email addresses that are connected to their domain names are redistributed to other people.
This afternoon, I received an email from Yahoo informing me that I was given an email address I request. The email from Yahoo said, “Your wish list pick [redacted] is all yours and ready to claim. You have until 9/7/13 11:59:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time to claim it.” I chose an email address that will work well for me, and I am unwilling to share it in order to cut down on spam emails.
Domain registrants and domain registrars should be on notice about Yahoo’s email recycling now that it has started. I haven’t seen if any of the suggestions I made have been implemented by registrars, but my gut says they haven’t.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the domain owner to ensure that their Whois contact information is up to date and accurate. If your email address was given away by Yahoo, now would be a very good time to make sure you update your Whois records.
Additionally, if you are approached by someone selling a domain name and something doesn’t seem right, you need to make sure you do your due diligence and perhaps use the phone to confirm ownership.
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