Yahoo IDs officially up for grabs

People can start requesting forgotten Yahoo usernames as the company continues to clear out inactive users from its network.

Yahoo on Monday officially opened a request site for inactive usernames, so people can start claiming any IDs that have been inactive for more than a year.

The company said last month that it was doing some more cleaning on its site by closing inactive accounts . In order to save IDs from extinction, users simply had to log in before Monday.

To request a name, users need to submit their top five choices to a wishlist page. Yahoo will let you know in mid-August which ID is available and will send you a link so you can claim the ID.

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Yahoo also emphasized that it's taking security seriously . In a blog post, it outlined its approach to making the switch without mixing up access to personal information.

If a user decides to use the new e-mail address to communicate with a site that already has that e-mail on file, which Yahoo said is "a very small percentage of the accounts that we will be recycling," the online giant has a plan in place to help verify the account by adding a date-specific marker -- so a site like Facebook won't accidentally connect an e-mail ID's new owner to the old owner's account, for instance.

"We encourage anyone using e-mail to communicate with their users, especially for e-commerce and recovering their accounts, to adopt this measure to ensure the security of their users," the blog post reads.

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