A quick Guide to Fixing Common Yahoo mail sign in problems and Security Issues
Not being able to access your Yahoo mail can be inconveniencing especially when you need to view or reply to important emails. This tutorial offers a quick, straightforward guide on how to fix some of the common Yahoo mail sign in issues.
Forgotten password in Yahoo Mail
You are likely to forget your login password if you have not logged into your account for a long time or have always used auto-fill. If you have always logged in using auto-fill, simply go to your browser’s auto-fill settings to find saved passwords. There are many guides online on how you can retrieve saved password from your browser.
Another way of regaining your account is by using the Sign-in Helper. Click on it and provide your user Id and choose the recovery method you had provided when creating the account. Standard recovery methods are through an alternative email address, phone number or answering a security question. Select the one which is convenient for you at present.
After getting back to your account, create a secure password, but which you can easily remember. Write it down and store it in a safe place or mail it to your alternative email address.
You can use the recovery options to recover forgotten Yahoo ID too.
“Invalid ID or Password” Errors
This is another common Yahoo mail sign in error. It indicates that either the yahoo id you have entered does not exist in their database or the ID-password combination does not match. So a quick check of the Yahoo ID you have entered may solve the problem.
If the Yahoo ID is correct, then the problem is obviously with the password. First, re-enter the password with proper Caps and numerical, if any. Ensure your “Num Lock” keys are on when you are entering numerical numbers.
If you changed your password and your browser uses auto-fill, then there is a high chance it used the old password. Just reenter the new password and save it in your browser.
When these do not help, try signing in with a different browser. If it goes through then, it is your browser that has issues.
However, in case your problem persists, then someone may have changed your password. Follow the steps for forgotten password to get your account back. Once you do, change your password and review your account for past changes. Undo all the changes you do not recognize.
“First Time Signing from Here”
This is not an error. It is a security measure used by Yahoo to safeguard your account from unauthorized access. It usually appears when you try accessing in tour account from a different device or location. You may be required to enter an Account key which is always sent to your recovery mail or phone.
Account Locked in Yahoo Mail Sign In
“Account Locked” message is another security measure. It appears after numerous unsuccessful login attempts. You can unlock your account immediately using Sign-in Helper, or it will remain locked temporarily for 12 hours.
Reloading Sign-in screen
Sometimes the sign-in page may reload continuously after you click the “sign in” icon. You can fix the problem by resetting your account’s sign-in cookie. To achieve this, go to the sign in page and select, “Not you” then re-enter your account details and sign in.
There are a few more alternatives if the issue persists. The first one is clearing your browser’s cookies and reopening the browser. If that does not solve it, try signing in using a different supported browser or log in through yahoo’s primary login page.
Improving your account security
It is necessary that no one else can access your yahoo account. Creating a strong password is a good starting point. You can read the tutorials on how to create strong passwords. Your recovery methods too should be chosen carefully and updated promptly if necessary. Note that if your account recovery details incorrect or not available, it will be impossible to retrieve your account when you forget your password or user ID.
Additionally, you should customize your Yahoo mail sign in settings to limit the period within which you can remain logged in to your account. You can achieve this in five quick steps as follows;
- a) After signing in, click on “settings” (It is a small gear on the top right of your screen).
- b) Select “Accounts.”
- c) Click on “Edit Account Info” to verify your account.
- d) Then Choose “Sign-In and Security” and select “ Change Sign-in Settings.”
- e) Choose a time limit in the “Sign me out every” drop down.
In the case on any other problems not covered in this tutorial, you can use Yahoo’s Sign-in Helper.