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Coveted $50,000 Twitter username swiped in tale of woe

Naoki Hiroshima talks of how security practices at PayPal and GoDaddy led to him losing his coveted Twitter handle.

By Jan. 29, 2014


Can Yahoo recycle your username -- and protect your data?

Yahoo will begin recycling usernames on accounts that have been inactive for more than a year. But with log-ins and password recovery linked to e-mail addresses, it's raising some security concerns.

By Jul. 11, 2013


Do you trust Yahoo to recycle your username and protect your data?

On July 15, Yahoo will start taking the usernames of inactive accounts -- accounts that haven't been used in a year -- and letting others claim them. It's a way for Yahoo to make available some desirable usernames and entice people to return to the site. But with e-mail addresses tied to other accounts and password retrieval, there could be security problems. CNET's Kara Tsuboi explains how Yahoo is planning to protect users' information.

By Jul. 11, 2013


Customize your username with an alias in OS X

If you'd like to change your account name, if it's too long, for example, you can use an alias to do this without heavily modifying your account.

By Jan. 23, 2013


Twitter rolls out real-time activity, username streams

New Twitter features make user discovery more simple, social, and visual.

By Nov. 8, 2011


Facebook supports username log-in

After opening up registration for vanity URLs/usernames this summer, Facebook has started to allow users to log in to the site with them instead of the traditional e-mail log-in.

By Sep. 18, 2009


MobileMe not recognizing your username and password?

Sometimes users are faced with a situation where MobileMe sends an error message regarding usernames and account passwords being invalid. This may even happen to users who do not have MobileMe accounts.

By Apr. 20, 2010


Eight Twitter username tips

What you call yourself on Twitter matters. We take a look into all the features that make it important.

By Apr. 10, 2009


Default username for network resources changing

Sometimes, and especially after running certain programs, you may see the computer try to connect using another username besides "Guest" when you click on an available server.

By Oct. 16, 2009


Facebook username land grab: Yawn

Guess what? The servers stayed up and nothing exploded when Facebook's vanity URL program went live tonight.

By Jun. 12, 2009