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Yahoo Disables E-Mail Forwarding

Yahoo has turned off its e-mail forwarding feature, making it much more difficult for its users to switch e-mail providers.

With automatic forwarding turned off, e-mails coming into Yahoo cannot be forwarded to a new e-mail address. The move will not impact those who previously had forwarding in place, it affects only those trying to take advantage of the feature now.

The timing is awfully convenient. It effectively prevents people from bailing on the company after the recent hacking revelations and rumors of government co-operation.

Yahoo posted the following message on its help site:

“Automatic forwarding sends a copy of incoming messages from one account to another. This feature is currently under development. While we work to improve it, we’ve temporarily disabled the ability to turn on Mail Forwarding for new forwarding addresses. If you’ve already enabled Mail Forwarding in the past, your e-mail will continue to forward to the address you previously configured.”

The company last month admitted more than 500 million of its users’ accounts were affected in one of the largest cyber-security breaches in history. The breach occurred back in 2014 and Yahoo was completely unaware of the fact until this year.

Then, a Reuters article last week indicated Yahoo, after receiving a top-secret U.S. government order, had built a software program to scan all incoming e-mails for information that might be of interest to U.S. intelligence agencies. Yahoo has denied the allegations, saying it discloses data to the government only when forced to do so by court order.

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  • Most of the key email features that made Yahoo exciting have been over the years scrapped off.

    The popular Yahoo chat & Chat-rooms, Instant messenger not what it was, SMTP, and now email forwarding.

  • This certainly isn’t the way to keep their customers happy (which, I’m assuming, is what they want). Those wishing to leave, will leave – come what may, even if it results in them just abandoning that account.

    Being open, above board and bringing new features to the market (without curtailing others many months before they’re replaced), is the way to grow a company.

    But there again, Marissa Mayer isn’t bothered – by the sale of the company, she’s secured her future with a massive payoff.