I have a couple of yahoo accounts which are essential to my life, especially the archives which go back with years of important work-related correspondence. Now I keep getting messages from Yahoo about something or other I need to do in order to continue using my Mail program on Mac so that my email continues to work. (I’ve quoted it below.)
My ex, who was always the household computer genius, tells me that if I go through the steps wrong I may lose ALL MY ARCHIVED EMAILS. Is this really possible?
I have until October 20 to sort this out, and my fallback position is that I’m just going to go to our local Mac store where they will cheerfully take care of this for me for $30. But I’d like to know whether I should worry that a misstep will bring severe consequences.
Excerpt from Yahoo’s email follows.
Hi Yahoo Member,
We love that you love using your Yahoo Mail. And we want to make sure you always have the best experience. That’s why we’re reaching out today.
We’ve noticed that you’re using non-Yahoo applications (such as third-party email, calendar, or contact applications) that may use a less secure sign-in method. To protect you and your data, Yahoo will no longer support the current sign-in functionality in your application starting on October 20, 2020. This means that you will need to take one of the steps below to continue using Yahoo Mail without interruption.
But don’t worry, you have options. Find an option that works best for you below:
Option 2: Keep your current, non-Yahoo app, BUT follow a few steps to get it to sync with our secure sign-in method. The steps vary across different email applications, but in most cases, you will have to remove your Yahoo account from the app and then add it back again to update the sign-in security. Use the links below to follow the specific steps for your current application: