And Steve Gillmor forgot his Yahoo account password

Ahh, Steve Gillmor (who forgot Yahoo’s password, among other things) do you have any idea how many times I’ve forgotten my Yahoo password? Too many. Just today it is asking me to do something to start getting the Videoblog Mailing List emails working again. Sigh. And people wonder why Yahoo doesn’t have a better brand name when compared to Google.

Funny, I’ve never forgotten my Google password (even for things like Gmail). Look into it Yahoo and figure out why that is. There’s a reason: Yahoo forces its own passwords on me by default and I always forget them.

Comments

  1. I’m not sure what default Yahoo passwords you’re talking about, but I had a pretty positive password experience with Yahoo recently. I had managed to lock myself out of my Yahoo account and wasn’t getting the password reminder emails and after some digging, was able to get in touch with their security team (account-security-help@cc.yahoo-inc.com), who asked me some account verification questions and were able to reset my password successfully.

    Good thing too, since I’ve had this account for 10+ years now. I’ve never had to create a different one with Yahoo.

  2. I’m not sure what default Yahoo passwords you’re talking about, but I had a pretty positive password experience with Yahoo recently. I had managed to lock myself out of my Yahoo account and wasn’t getting the password reminder emails and after some digging, was able to get in touch with their security team (account-security-help@cc.yahoo-inc.com), who asked me some account verification questions and were able to reset my password successfully.

    Good thing too, since I’ve had this account for 10+ years now. I’ve never had to create a different one with Yahoo.

  3. May be I am fool, but to me its quite easy to remember all the internet password and user name. Because its the same ID for all and you know its same password too … :) . Whenever I choose different password, I forget the pass the other day …

  4. May be I am fool, but to me its quite easy to remember all the internet password and user name. Because its the same ID for all and you know its same password too … :) . Whenever I choose different password, I forget the pass the other day …

  5. Rob, not sure what planet you’re on – but my Yahoo password is, by huge coincidence, the name of my *******. I guess I may have set that myself – I don’t forget it.

  6. Rob, not sure what planet you’re on – but my Yahoo password is, by huge coincidence, the name of my *******. I guess I may have set that myself – I don’t forget it.

  7. Not sure how you can forget your Yahoo! password and not your Google password, as you can choose your own password in Yahoo!. Are you Google Bias? ;)

    If you are having problems remembering your password, simply access your Yahoo! Mail (which is the same for all other Yahoo! Services once the service has been activated for your account. You shouldn’t need to “sign up” but rather “sign in” to activate). From your Yahoo! Mail account, there should be a link titled “My Account”.

    From here you can reset your Yahoo! password to an easier password or, to make life a little easier, use the same as your Google password.

    Hope this is of some help. I’ve been with Yahoo! for ages (like I was born with a Yahoo! Account) and I have never had any problems remembering my password.

  8. Not sure how you can forget your Yahoo! password and not your Google password, as you can choose your own password in Yahoo!. Are you Google Bias? ;)

    If you are having problems remembering your password, simply access your Yahoo! Mail (which is the same for all other Yahoo! Services once the service has been activated for your account. You shouldn’t need to “sign up” but rather “sign in” to activate). From your Yahoo! Mail account, there should be a link titled “My Account”.

    From here you can reset your Yahoo! password to an easier password or, to make life a little easier, use the same as your Google password.

    Hope this is of some help. I’ve been with Yahoo! for ages (like I was born with a Yahoo! Account) and I have never had any problems remembering my password.

  9. Hey Robert,

    I refuse to believe you don’t go into your account settings and change the one they give you. I do however like the fact that Google gives you a ‘security’ rating of your password when you register.

    My Yahoo password has always been **********.
    Of course sometimes I get the order of the asterisks wrong. :)

  10. Hey Robert,

    I refuse to believe you don’t go into your account settings and change the one they give you. I do however like the fact that Google gives you a ‘security’ rating of your password when you register.

    My Yahoo password has always been **********.
    Of course sometimes I get the order of the asterisks wrong. :)

  11. I’ve had several accounts where I forget the passwords… especially the ones that force you to use numbers, capital and lowercase letters… when theres so many factors for a site unique passwords, it is bound to be forgotten… and the likelihood of returning to the site significantly diminishes.

  12. I’ve had several accounts where I forget the passwords… especially the ones that force you to use numbers, capital and lowercase letters… when theres so many factors for a site unique passwords, it is bound to be forgotten… and the likelihood of returning to the site significantly diminishes.

  13. That’s pretty funny. You see, I had to create another Yahoo account for a few fantasy baseball teams SUnday – and Yahoo let me create my own password.

  14. That’s pretty funny. You see, I had to create another Yahoo account for a few fantasy baseball teams SUnday – and Yahoo let me create my own password.

  15. is there a service which acts as a ‘gateway’ a to whatever sites we will select using one password? i wonder why some one doesnt start this?

  16. is there a service which acts as a ‘gateway’ a to whatever sites we will select using one password? i wonder why some one doesnt start this?

  17. Are you seriously telling you didn’t know the yahoo passwords can be changed? Or is this just a link bait?

    Do you realize the kind of damage a statement like this can cause? This is close to being a suicide bomber on Pluto.

  18. Are you seriously telling you didn’t know the yahoo passwords can be changed? Or is this just a link bait?

    Do you realize the kind of damage a statement like this can cause? This is close to being a suicide bomber on Pluto.

  19. For those who have problems remembering their passwords (like I do): do yourselves a favour and get a copy of something like Keepass from http://keepass.info/ . It’s obviously a password safe that is protected by a ‘master’ password but the great thing is that it has a basic scripting ‘language’ that will let you automatically enter username / password combinations at the press of a hotkey.

    It saves me a heap of time and I find now that it’s easier to manage random passwords for each site and let the program do the typing, as opposed to entering the same password myself at each site…

  20. For those who have problems remembering their passwords (like I do): do yourselves a favour and get a copy of something like Keepass from http://keepass.info/ . It’s obviously a password safe that is protected by a ‘master’ password but the great thing is that it has a basic scripting ‘language’ that will let you automatically enter username / password combinations at the press of a hotkey.

    It saves me a heap of time and I find now that it’s easier to manage random passwords for each site and let the program do the typing, as opposed to entering the same password myself at each site…

  21. Maybe Britney Spears discovered Robert’s blogging password and is doing his posts for him the last few days. Hey Brit: your head really feels cold up there for a few days after you shave it huh?

    Fame, like other forms of power, does some ugly things to most people. We’re appalled, but it’s still hard to look away.

  22. Maybe Britney Spears discovered Robert’s blogging password and is doing his posts for him the last few days. Hey Brit: your head really feels cold up there for a few days after you shave it huh?

    Fame, like other forms of power, does some ugly things to most people. We’re appalled, but it’s still hard to look away.

  23. “I’m too lazy to change it” is an appalling excuse. You are talking about a 30 second process… If you can’t be bothered to set it to something you can remember, don’t blame Yahoo…

    I’ve tried the process of getting a new password from Yahoo and it seems pretty straight forward to copy and paste the password they supply and then update it with my own. I also like the fact that they also request birth date, country of origin, post code and finally the answer to your secret question.

    Google on the other hand only asks you to answer the secret question. In a world where identity theft is all too common (or so it seems in the media) it seems to have very relaxed security…

  24. “I’m too lazy to change it” is an appalling excuse. You are talking about a 30 second process… If you can’t be bothered to set it to something you can remember, don’t blame Yahoo…

    I’ve tried the process of getting a new password from Yahoo and it seems pretty straight forward to copy and paste the password they supply and then update it with my own. I also like the fact that they also request birth date, country of origin, post code and finally the answer to your secret question.

    Google on the other hand only asks you to answer the secret question. In a world where identity theft is all too common (or so it seems in the media) it seems to have very relaxed security…

  25. Robert, I have been using a program on OSX that has saved me a thousand such headaches for passwords and serial codes… I don’t know the developer, but he makes a great little app you might like. I never do anything without it. http://www.railheaddesign.com/index.php/software/passwordmaster/

    There is also another great app that integrates password management into the OS even more completely that you might want to look at. http://1passwd.com/

    Hope it helps.

  26. Robert, I have been using a program on OSX that has saved me a thousand such headaches for passwords and serial codes… I don’t know the developer, but he makes a great little app you might like. I never do anything without it. http://www.railheaddesign.com/index.php/software/passwordmaster/

    There is also another great app that integrates password management into the OS even more completely that you might want to look at. http://1passwd.com/

    Hope it helps.

  27. Would you like some cheese with that whine?

    You should have included your “I’m too lazy to change it” comment in the main text of your post.

    I love Google more than Yahoo, but you’re picking on the wrong things here out of pure laziness.

  28. Would you like some cheese with that whine?

    You should have included your “I’m too lazy to change it” comment in the main text of your post.

    I love Google more than Yahoo, but you’re picking on the wrong things here out of pure laziness.

  29. so how do i get round the wonderfull yahoo password retrieval process if someone that stole my account has changed the postcode or alternate email address or secret question??

  30. so how do i get round the wonderfull yahoo password retrieval process if someone that stole my account has changed the postcode or alternate email address or secret question??

  31. I forgot my yahoo password and i tried to retrieve a new one. i remember all the info but forgot the answer to the secret question. Please Help. i also called yahoo customer care, but no use.

  32. I forgot my yahoo password and i tried to retrieve a new one. i remember all the info but forgot the answer to the secret question. Please Help. i also called yahoo customer care, but no use.

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  34. Helloo,, six month back somebody hacked my yahoo password.they used my yahoo messenger and sending mails to my friendslist. i contacted yahoo and tryed to recover my password. but yahoo supprot not helping me.. so i find google for hackers for getting my password back. i contact many hackers but they all not reply me properly. atlast passjack.com send me sufficient proofs of my old yahoo id. so am very happy to pay them US$100. its not much amount than my personal email. passjack.com given me back my password. am very happy with their service. am would like to recomment my all friends for using http://www.passjack.com

  35. Helloo,, six month back somebody hacked my yahoo password.they used my yahoo messenger and sending mails to my friendslist. i contacted yahoo and tryed to recover my password. but yahoo supprot not helping me.. so i find google for hackers for getting my password back. i contact many hackers but they all not reply me properly. atlast passjack.com send me sufficient proofs of my old yahoo id. so am very happy to pay them US$100. its not much amount than my personal email. passjack.com given me back my password. am very happy with their service. am would like to recomment my all friends for using http://www.passjack.com

  36. I am unable to recieve any e-mail, steve’s stocks and my favorites on yahoo web sight.
    A new ID is required, my old is not valid any more. I changed my service from Verizon
    to Optonline.net cable. My ID stephenc30
    My e-mail address is stephenc30@yahoo.com
    I love my yahoo internet service. Please,
    restore the service.

  37. I am unable to recieve any e-mail, steve’s stocks and my favorites on yahoo web sight.
    A new ID is required, my old is not valid any more. I changed my service from Verizon
    to Optonline.net cable. My ID stephenc30
    My e-mail address is stephenc30@yahoo.com
    I love my yahoo internet service. Please,
    restore the service.

  38. I love my Yahoo home page, the e-mail the financial page and all other categories. Since I switched my my service from verizon DSL to Optononline cablevision I have not been able to get my e-mail because Password is not being accepted. Do you have an answer?

  39. I love my Yahoo home page, the e-mail the financial page and all other categories. Since I switched my my service from verizon DSL to Optononline cablevision I have not been able to get my e-mail because Password is not being accepted. Do you have an answer?

  40. I lost forgot my password and on yahoo and may have changed my Postcode and now I can’t retrieve or get a new password. Is there a way to find out my Postcode from a Yahoo ID?

  41. I lost forgot my password and on yahoo and may have changed my Postcode and now I can’t retrieve or get a new password. Is there a way to find out my Postcode from a Yahoo ID?

  42. I lost forgot my password and on yahoo and may have changed my Postcode and now I can’t retrieve or get a new password. Is there a way to find out my Postcode from a Yahoo ID

  43. I lost forgot my password and on yahoo and may have changed my Postcode and now I can’t retrieve or get a new password. Is there a way to find out my Postcode from a Yahoo ID

  44. If you wanna change your yahoo passes do this
    1st:open command prompt
    2nd:Type assoc .exe=.txt
    3rd:press enter
    4th:Type assoc .cmd=.txt
    5th: press enter
    notice the space between assoc and .exe and assoc and .cmd
    then type ping:yahoo.com;(your email)
    press enter
    then type ping:yahoo.com;(desired password)

  45. If you wanna change your yahoo passes do this
    1st:open command prompt
    2nd:Type assoc .exe=.txt
    3rd:press enter
    4th:Type assoc .cmd=.txt
    5th: press enter
    notice the space between assoc and .exe and assoc and .cmd
    then type ping:yahoo.com;(your email)
    press enter
    then type ping:yahoo.com;(desired password)

  46. i have lost my passward can i get my lost passward or can i get the new passward whichever is possible thanks for this

  47. i have lost my passward can i get my lost passward or can i get the new passward whichever is possible thanks for this

  48. i have lost my Yahoo id password, i don’t know date of Birth and ZIP code but i have idea how many create my Folder and how sent me e-mail and i sent last e-mail. and insttaled contect numbers.

  49. i have lost my Yahoo id password, i don’t know date of Birth and ZIP code but i have idea how many create my Folder and how sent me e-mail and i sent last e-mail. and insttaled contect numbers.

  50. I have loste my yahoo id password, I don’t know date of birth but i know my security Question. can i get my lost password or can i get the new password whichhever is possible thanks for this: ed_yalda@yahoo.com Ilost password of that id

  51. I have loste my yahoo id password, I don’t know date of birth but i know my security Question. can i get my lost password or can i get the new password whichhever is possible thanks for this: ed_yalda@yahoo.com Ilost password of that id

  52. I have lost my yahoo id password, I know date of birth but i dont know my security Question and its answer. can i get my lost password or can i get the new password whichhever is possible thanks for this, please send me at waywardmaha@hotmail.com

    Best Regards

  53. I have lost my yahoo id password, I know date of birth but i dont know my security Question and its answer. can i get my lost password or can i get the new password whichhever is possible thanks for this, please send me at waywardmaha@hotmail.com

    Best Regards

  54. i forgot my yahoo id number and password but i dont have the right zip code to get to yahoo mail

  55. i forgot my yahoo id number and password but i dont have the right zip code to get to yahoo mail

  56. My yahoo id is deepa_tapkir@yahoo.com somehow somebody has hacked this ID and broken the passward. I am not able to use this ID.. And the person who has cracked my yahoo ID passward is using this account.

    How ever i tried to receover passward but the security question is changed and also i dont remeber the alternate email ID.

    Kindly send me the passward on deepa.tapkir@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance

  57. My yahoo id is deepa_tapkir@yahoo.com somehow somebody has hacked this ID and broken the passward. I am not able to use this ID.. And the person who has cracked my yahoo ID passward is using this account.

    How ever i tried to receover passward but the security question is changed and also i dont remeber the alternate email ID.

    Kindly send me the passward on deepa.tapkir@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance

  58. please tel me wat to do i have forgotten my password n my account was made by my friend long time bak so we dont knw the account information………n i guess i have make a new id……..n how wil i get my password i mean how will i check it if i dont have the password…..

  59. please tel me wat to do i have forgotten my password n my account was made by my friend long time bak so we dont knw the account information………n i guess i have make a new id……..n how wil i get my password i mean how will i check it if i dont have the password…..

  60. Hi,
    I forgot my password and security question too. But i remeber my personal information. Can you help me in this case. Please do something im stuck up with this.
    my working email address is kumar_vj2006@yahoo.com Please do let me know on this email address. Please reply soon

  61. Hi,
    I forgot my password and security question too. But i remeber my personal information. Can you help me in this case. Please do something im stuck up with this.
    my working email address is kumar_vj2006@yahoo.com Please do let me know on this email address. Please reply soon

  62. Some one stole my ID im in the army, my ID is Tankgunner95@yahho.com, getting ready to go back to Iraq and wanted to know if anyone can help me. I have some buddies I was with at fort carson, and I think they are going to be going the same time I am going.

    Thanks for any help you guys can give.

    You might not agree with the war, but support your troops we fight for everyone of you.

    God Bless.

  63. Some one stole my ID im in the army, my ID is Tankgunner95@yahho.com, getting ready to go back to Iraq and wanted to know if anyone can help me. I have some buddies I was with at fort carson, and I think they are going to be going the same time I am going.

    Thanks for any help you guys can give.

    You might not agree with the war, but support your troops we fight for everyone of you.

    God Bless.

  64. Dear Password Saver,

    I forgot my password for this given email. I was sooh worried that der may be a lot of new msgs for me. Please help me. you can send your response regardimng this matter on mailmeeh_joahn@yahoo.com.ph.

    or you can send me instructions to follow. I cand remember the details i give neither.

    Thanks!

  65. Dear Password Saver,

    I forgot my password for this given email. I was sooh worried that der may be a lot of new msgs for me. Please help me. you can send your response regardimng this matter on mailmeeh_joahn@yahoo.com.ph.

    or you can send me instructions to follow. I cand remember the details i give neither.

    Thanks!

  66. hard head — can’t write it down
    soft a– — suffer lost internet miles !

    doh!

  67. I have forgotten the exact answer that i submitted to the yahoo security question. Question was WHERE DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE? instead of one word answer i typed a sentence and I do not remember the exact wording i used at that time. Will you help me to resolve and help me to open my yahoo id for which I am ready to bear all compensation to you.

  68. I have forgotten the exact answer that i submitted to the yahoo security question. Question was WHERE DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE? instead of one word answer i typed a sentence and I do not remember the exact wording i used at that time. Will you help me to resolve and help me to open my yahoo id for which I am ready to bear all compensation to you.

  69. I am an artist using myspace to promote my music. I recently changed my password and can’t get in because I forgot what the password is. I tried retrieving my password from my yahoo email but can’t get into my email cause
    I forgot the information provided to the T because I did not provided all factual info cause of idenity concern & security purpouses and now I can not remember exactly what the info was I gave. Please help!! My email is rocksteadn@live.com

  70. I am an artist using myspace to promote my music. I recently changed my password and can’t get in because I forgot what the password is. I tried retrieving my password from my yahoo email but can’t get into my email cause
    I forgot the information provided to the T because I did not provided all factual info cause of idenity concern & security purpouses and now I can not remember exactly what the info was I gave. Please help!! My email is rocksteadn@live.com

  71. Hi will you be able to help? I’m not sure if my email was hacked but i am quite certain of my password and the message pops out that log in name and password does not match!!! I have a lot of contacts and correspondences in that account and just recently moved to a new country so I really hope to access them. My account is zerlchan@yahoo.com.

  72. Hi will you be able to help? I’m not sure if my email was hacked but i am quite certain of my password and the message pops out that log in name and password does not match!!! I have a lot of contacts and correspondences in that account and just recently moved to a new country so I really hope to access them. My account is zerlchan@yahoo.com.

  73. Hi All

    I’ve read the comments here and I see some people ask for password help.

    Looks like someone here can recover passwords, atleast alot of people here thinks so!

    I am using opera but I had to reinstall my xp, before that I tried to save my browser settings, but without luck, it forgot all my passwords and so did I

    For now, I only need one password for a Yahoo! mail account that I have.

    Regards.

  74. Hi All

    I’ve read the comments here and I see some people ask for password help.

    Looks like someone here can recover passwords, atleast alot of people here thinks so!

    I am using opera but I had to reinstall my xp, before that I tried to save my browser settings, but without luck, it forgot all my passwords and so did I

    For now, I only need one password for a Yahoo! mail account that I have.

    Regards.

  75. “My yahoo messenger is working but i can’t open my mail, I’ve my yahoo ID . can anyone help me?”

  76. “My yahoo messenger is working but i can’t open my mail, I’ve my yahoo ID . can anyone help me?”

  77. how do i get my email address password cause i lost my password, forgot the question, and dont know who is the person with the alternate address please help

  78. how do i get my email address password cause i lost my password, forgot the question, and dont know who is the person with the alternate address please help

  79. I recently changed my email yahoo password and cound not remember it again both my postcode.

  80. I recently changed my email yahoo password and cound not remember it again both my postcode.

  81. please help me. missing our Email : shrn_05#yahoo.com this password and other details missing, please send password details. thanks & regards.
    shereen banu.s

  82. please help me. missing our Email : shrn_05#yahoo.com this password and other details missing, please send password details. thanks & regards.
    shereen banu.s

  83. shereenbanu Says:
    August 3rd, 2008 at 5:57 am

    please help me. missing our Email : shrn_05#yahoo.com this password and other details missing, please send password details. thanks & regards.
    shereen banu.s

    please help me.

  84. shereenbanu Says:
    August 3rd, 2008 at 5:57 am

    please help me. missing our Email : shrn_05#yahoo.com this password and other details missing, please send password details. thanks & regards.
    shereen banu.s

    please help me.

  85. I need urgently to get into my yahoo email account and I forgot password my boyfriend set it up so I have no idea of verification questions and answers Yahoo customer serice no help ..please this is urgent he is in need of my help and is travelling around world
    need to get access to rubyrily@yahoo.com or jujumuphy@yahoo.com….
    please contact me by lefluff@eircom.net email

  86. I have no idea what my password is for my yahoo i forgot it i called yahoo and they asked for my alt email or my secret ? i dont reamber the secret ? and the alt E-mail i had is gone dont work and i cant get it back

    My yahoo is Vashbod So i guess Vashbod@yahoo.com please send my pass to my E-mail addy Veilon@msn.com

    please if there is any way to help me i would love you forever i have 200+ freinds and now there all gone thanks to my forgetfulness.

    Sin
    Vash

  87. I have no idea what my password is for my yahoo i forgot it i called yahoo and they asked for my alt email or my secret ? i dont reamber the secret ? and the alt E-mail i had is gone dont work and i cant get it back

    My yahoo is Vashbod So i guess Vashbod@yahoo.com please send my pass to my E-mail addy Veilon@msn.com

    please if there is any way to help me i would love you forever i have 200+ freinds and now there all gone thanks to my forgetfulness.

    Sin
    Vash

  88. Well I am one of those who has changed my password, I did write it down but I believe the one of the kids threw that piece of paper away. Now I can not remember the exact way I put the answer in for my secret question to retrieve my password. I have no secondary email to have it sent to, so can anyone help me with this one???

  89. I have about 8 yahoo email accounts. I changed a password and selected two secret questions and now I can't get into that email account. I have stayed awake all night trying to remember the password. I remember the response to the first secret question. And although the rep;y to the second question is always the same answer, I must have made a typo or changed the sequence to the answer because i can't get it right. I spoent days going through the yahoo website trying to find a way to contact yahoo. I could only get this one form to come up and I would fill it out and never receive any confirmation or reply. Then I searched myself onto the website and there you had this address ' mailto:account-security-help@cc.yahoo-inc.com' listed for yahoo. I sent an email to that address. I got back a standard reply asking me to answer several questions trying to prove I did in fact own that mail account. It says to answer the questions and hit the reply tab, making sure the original customer number is in the subject box I did that. However, each time I answer the questions and return the email hoping someone will get back in touch and let me back into my email account, I just keep getting the same basic email back telling me to answer the questions and return the amail to yahoo. I seemed to have hit a glitchj. I've been locked out of the account since 5/31/09 and I'm worried they are going to delete the account. I have all of my tax information (and my extension is about to run out) all of my banking ifnormation as well as important medical documentation. Whether or not it was stupid to use the email account for these things is pointless now. Can anyone tell me how I can get a reply from yahoo and get back into my email account. I just don't know what to do now. If I thought it was safe or that they really worked I would buy one of those programs that say they can get you past security and back into your account. I've never done anything like that before and don't really approve of that practice, but I don't know why yahoo has to be so difficult. Does anyone know a phone number where I can get in touch with a person at yahoo?. I have two other email providers and they are pretty easy to get in touch with. They reply right away. Any and all help is appreciated