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Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers
Posted by: hal
Date: November 22, 2015 02:48PM
Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers

If gmail did this I'd be PISSED!

Have you recently encountered a roadblock trying to access Yahoo Mail (and happen to run an ad blocking program)? If so, you’re not alone as some users have reportedly been locked out of their Yahoo e-mail accounts for using an ad blocker.

Digiday was the first to report on the matter, linking to a thread in the Adblock Plus forums in which a Yahoo Mail user post a screenshot showing they were locked out of their account. The dialog box suggests the user disable their ad blocker in order to keep using Yahoo’s e-mail service.

Yahoo has since reached out to multiple publications, confirming the matter. The spokesperson said Yahoo is continually developing and testing new product experiences and that this (the ad blocker ban) is a test they’re running with a small number of Mail users in the US.
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Re: Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 22, 2015 02:58PM
I'm not a Yahoo! Mail user, but I've found that installing Purify on my iPad has caused all sorts of wonky behavior on a number of sites.



It is what it is.
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Re: Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 22, 2015 03:40PM
I just signed in - for the first time in a long time - and I had no problem with the site, and I'm using an ad blocker.
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Re: Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 22, 2015 03:44PM
I just checked the price of Yahoo stock, and it's at the level it was at over 10 years ago.
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Re: Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers
Posted by: Carm
Date: November 22, 2015 03:55PM
FYI Limited user test run by Yahoo.
Way to alienate your dwindling user base yahoo.
If they didn't put adverts everywhere it wouldn't be a problem for most users.
Ads are on top of your email list. Ads are on the top header area, on the left in your folders/inbox list, and not to mention the ad on the right of your email window that they want to charge $5 a month to remove.

IMHO Google and DuckDuckGo have done adverts right. Non intrusive and imbedded in your search results.
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Is it locking or blocking?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 22, 2015 04:21PM
Was the key to unlocking the account to disable the adblocker?

The dialog box suggests the user disable their ad blocker in order to keep using Yahoo’s e-mail service.

This is somewhat vague, but I infer that disabling adblockers will allow users to sign-in to their accounts.

Annoying, but not nearly as dramatic as being locked out.

Interneters will have to learn that content costs money and the ride on the gravy train maybe nearing an end.

"Information wants to be free" is an urban myth. I read it on Snopes.






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Re: Is it locking or blocking?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: November 22, 2015 04:38PM
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RAMd®d
This is somewhat vague, but I infer that disabling adblockers will allow users to sign-in to their accounts.

They can sign in. Just can't read their email until they allow Yahoo to (IMHO) pwn their computers with malware-loaded ads.



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Re: Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 22, 2015 04:57PM
I recommend to the seniors I help to avoid Yahoo and Hotmail.
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Re: Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: November 22, 2015 07:35PM
I have two Yahoo accounts (which I access on different browsers, to avoid confusing Yahoo, which is easily confused it seems), and neither has been affected—so far. I won't touch Google, so I may need a substitute for Yahoo, which I use for commercial and radio-show email, to avoid cluttering up my personal accounts.

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Re: Yahoo is locking some users out of Mail for using ad blockers
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: November 23, 2015 06:15AM
That's pretty funny considering I only have a Yahoo mail account to provide an address to outfits I expect to send me spam. I might check it once a month, if that.
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Re: Is it locking or blocking?
Posted by: fauch
Date: November 24, 2015 10:31AM
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RAMd®d
Was the key to unlocking the account to disable the adblocker?

The dialog box suggests the user disable their ad blocker in order to keep using Yahoo’s e-mail service.

This is somewhat vague, but I infer that disabling adblockers will allow users to sign-in to their accounts.

Annoying, but not nearly as dramatic as being locked out.

Interneters will have to learn that content costs money and the ride on the gravy train maybe nearing an end.

"Information wants to be free" is an urban myth. I read it on Snopes.
Or take their business elsewhere...
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