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Email recovery addresses

I suspect I know the answer, but can you set up email recovery addresses on Virgin? I've been using Yahoo lately, and find their levels of security impressive, including the simple email recovery address.

If I'm not looking in the right place, perhaps someone can point me there.

Ta.

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Re: Email recovery addresses


@allen-uk wrote:

I suspect I know the answer,


And I suspect that you are right. Smiley Wink

Virgin email is a very basic service and it does not have the security features found in many, if not most, dedicated email services such as Gmail, Yahoo etc.

So the answer is there is no email recovery address option in VM. The VM password recovery process  is set out here https://www.virginmedia.com/help/virgin-media-reset-username-and-password

I have been a customer of VM and its various predecessors for many years but I have never used their email as my main email service. With all the superior alternative email services available these days I am always amazed that most VM customers seem to rely on the basic email service that comes with their broadband package. The excuse always seems to be that it is too much hassle too change!Smiley Sad

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Thanks coenoby,

I was coming to the same conclusion, but just checking. Setting up new emails used to be harder on my Mac, but nowadays (particularly with the big ones like Yahoo) it is dead simple, so no longer any excuse for not switching.

All this was prompted by a couple of (PC) friends having their address books hacked, so I thought it was time to tighten up email security.

So I'm off to get on with it.

Thanks again for your input.

Allen.

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I wonder if Yahoo's new found enthusiasm for increased e-mail security is related to this:

https://www.cultofmac.com/458345/yahoo-confirms-over-1-billion-user-accounts-have-been-hacked/

they weren't always on the side of the angels, by any means.



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If you have a Mac then you get a free email service from Apple. Why not try it out?


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Re: Email recovery addresses

Maybe it's me (likely) but I thought my Mac Mail was just a (don't know the right word) carrier for my emails, i.e. not a mail provider. I use VM, Yahoo, GMX, as providers.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Allen.

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Read this:

Apple is an ESP as well.

https://support.apple.com/kb/ph2618?locale=en_US


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Ah, icloud. Never had much truck with so-called cloud-based services. Never been keen on my data or even programs being located in some foreign parts (I know, but old age plays its part!)

But thanks for pointing icloud mail out to me. Does it score well on the security scale?

Allen

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I have no idea about the security of icloud, but you are being naive if you think that your current e-mail providers have nothing to do with the cloud. All of them store, manage and process your mail in the cloud because they use servers over which they, but not you, have control. All web mail is cloud based.


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Re: Email recovery addresses

Fair comment, but I (like most I would have thought) don't use email to hold/store anything much, apart from day-to-day messages, maybe message archives, and the like. The archived emails are on my hard drive; whether they're also on some mainframe elsewhere I don't know.

Data proper (correspondence and similar) is on my hard drive(s).

My original question on this thread was prompted by friends' address lists getting hacked - through, apparently, leaky emails, or rather them inadvisedly clicking on rubbish coming in to their emails - and I was just attempting to tighten up my own email systems - VM's seems poor in that regard, Yahoo seems better, but I note the link above detailing their various hacking problems.

Allen

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