Weekend to-do list: Re-activate Yahoo e-mail account

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By Nancy Blair, USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO - Put this on your weekend to-do list: Reactivate your old Yahoo e-mail address if you want to hang on to it.

On Wednesday, Yahoo said it would start to free up Yahoo IDs that have been inactive for at least a year by resetting them and giving them away to people who request them (or giving them a "fresh start," as Yahoo said in a Tumblr post announcing the move.

You might see a reminder e-mail from Yahoo pop into the Inbox of the e-mail service you're actually using these days. July 15 is the deadline for re-upping. After that Yahoo will let others stake a claim. In mid-August folks will find out if they've landed one.

To wake up a sleepy Yahoo account, simply log back into Yahoo Mail. If you need help accessing your account you can ask for a password reset using Password Helper.

You'll need to continue to log back in at least once every 12 months to remain active on Yahoo.

Concerned about spamminess if you ask for a super simple address that belonged to someone else? We reached out to Yahoo for more detail on how the resetting process works. The company says it's taking action to make sure users receive as little spam as possible and don't receive e-mails intended for the previous account holder.

Yahoo will shut inactive accounts for 30 days before releasing them to new owners and will unsubscribe the accounts from commercial e-mail. All incoming e-mails will receive bounce-back messages, Yahoo said.

The mail cleanup is part of Yahoo's efforts under CEO Marissa Mayer to re-energize the iconic Internet brand. Yahoo recently has revamped its home page, Flickr photo service and buffed up the e-mail service as well.

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