Question from Cynthia M.: I was talking to a friend of mine about the big Yahoo hack and he told me I need to delete my Yahoo account since I switched from Yahoo Mail to Gmail a while back.
I’ve searched all the settings and options from my Yahoo control panel and I can’t find a way to delete my account.
Can you tell me what I need to do delete my entire Yahoo account (not just the email part)?
Rick’s answer: Hi Cynthia. As you have discovered it isn’t all that easy to figure out how to terminate your account with Yahoo. But it can be done, and quite easily at that. Here’s how:
1 – Log in to the Yahoo account that you wish to delete.
2 – Visit Yahoo’s “Account Termination” page by clicking the following link:
3 – If prompted to do so, sign into your Yahoo account.
4 – Read the information provided about deleting a Yahoo account, then continue with step 5 below if you still wish to delete yours.
5 – If prompted to do so, enter your password again into the box near the bottom of the page.
6 – Solve the captcha by typing the “floating” code into the box as requested.
7 – Click the Terminate this Account button.
If you followed all the steps above your Yahoo account should now be deleted (at least from your “user” perspective).
Just be aware that Yahoo will maintain a copy of your account-related information for a limited time just in case they are asked to provide it to a government entity in response to a court order.
That’s all there is to deleting a Yahoo account Cynthia. Good luck!
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