As most people know, about a year ago Yahoo was sold to Verizon which has combined it and AOL into a new company registered in Ireland. Last week, my computer screen showing Yahoo Mail suddenly, with no prewarning, switched to another page, one with new TOS and an acceptance box. The new terms are unacceptable to me (see the following):
and I haven't checked my (infrequent) mail since then. Although few of my old messages are important, some are useful for reference so worth keeping; I may still have a few thousand total messages on the server from the last decade.
I have one account through AT&T. My main address is from SBCglobal.com but to complicate the situation, Yahoo provided "disposable" pseudo-addresses which allowed me to both sort messages automatically, and to keep the main address off various websites, so I have a good number of messages with addresses which end in @yahoo.com. As a minor question, I would like to understand the technical aspects about any different handling/routing of the two address types by servers; e.g. do both the main and the pseudo-addresses all go through Yahoo servers, the latter being 'transformed' there and all go to SBC; do the @Yahoo.com messages stay in Yahoo servers while SBC messages go to its servers, or ???
I am running Windows 7 on a computer which came with Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live Mail, neither of which has been used. In a search of the machine, I also find Outlook Express, which I may have long ago downloaded but never used. I had had it on my old computer with Win XP and found it useful for a few tasks, in addition to the old Yahoo Mail I mainly used. What could Thunderbird do in this situation? I also understand at least one other program exists which can download everything as EML files to a HHD, but don'tknow any details about it.
The main questions I have are:
1). Can any of the above (or other) programs access all my messages (i.e. replace Yahoo), and if so, which is suggested? Any other considerations, e.g. how are attachments handled by each? I think Outlook Express is considered abandoned, so would lack of updating be a security problem with it or any of the others? Can/how are large numbers of old messages handled by each? Would the specific program copy messages but leave them on the server; download, then erase from the server; or could that procedure choice that be selected for?
2). Would the 'preferred' program from 1) above be able to send using the pseudo-addresses, or would old pseudo-addresses need to be replaced with ones from another mail program having a new main address, plus pseudo-address capability? I'm told that some programs such as HushMail have that sub-address feature. I seem to recall that with my old XP system, Outlook Express had the ability to both send and receive the @yahoo.com addresses, but don't know if the outlook Express I supposedly have still does, or if my non-agreement to the new TOS could prevent @Yahoo.com message access, even if the program capability existed.
3). Lastly, would any program other than using YahooMail itself be able to access the messages saved in the Sent folder of YahooMail?
With all that long-winded explanation, I doubt I've left anything out, but can provide more information, if needed. I will repeat here: I'm mainly interested in accessing and continuing to use these old addresses, if possible., but not by using the Yahoo service or its reincarnation.
Edited by TooNew2, 24 April 2018 - 02:40 AM.