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Yahoo Mail Border Crossing Travel Tip

This is an explanation of security measures you may encounter when you travel from country to country using a Yahoo Email account. This type of problem could happen for any Bank,,, and Corporate account; this is a real and present problem for Global Business.

It is not possible to know a negative, something that never happened from your end.

Was my yahoo email account hacked? I about had a heart attack yesterday, half-scared out of my wits.

Yesterday, I left Haiti and entered Dominican Republic. With the change of countries, I have also changed cell phone partner providers for the Verizon HTC Touch Pro II, with the Global Data package I am reviewing. It is automatic, almost seamless internet access between countries. This all made it across the border, my Yahoo mail had problems.

Yahoo Email Not Working
I try to download emails, it ask me to check my username and password, this is strange, I know it is correct, I use it many times per day. is Working
I can download from my account, this is working ok, and I have internet access.

Elias Pinas, Dominican Republic --- Thursday, January 7, 2010
By Andy Graham of
Travel Gear

Surf Check of Internet Access
I went and surfed a couple of internet pages; yes, I have an internet connection. This is always scary; I have been using this same email address for about 8-10 years. I do not want to change, and there is sensitive business information that goes through this account. It is primary; I trust it more than my dedicated server.

How Windows Mobile Works
The HTC has an operating system Window Mobile, it synchronizes with my online Yahoo Mail account, and it uploads, downloads, and keeps the two the same. I download all my emails to my computer when I enter an internet café, thus keeping the online account almost empty. This account keeps asking me to enter the correct username and password; it has worked for weeks, why would it suddenly stop?

Yahoo Mail Direct
I went to the Yahoo Mobile Mail direct, a smaller version of the big account, to be used for by Smartphone. The username and password is remembered, I do not need to enter, and I just click enter….

AAGH It says this is not the correct username and password. This is the heart attack time, this feels to be only way now, as if somebody hacked my account. Then the hacker changes the password to deny me access. I have used two separate ways, with both systems the username and passwords have been working for weeks, if not months. Today it does not work.

Cross Platform Access
Yahoo and Gmail have many ways to access the accounts; the username and password are shared by many separate systems. It is annoying, but when you go from Topic to Topic, maybe you need to log in again, the database share, but not always seamlessly. Gmail uses Ajax I believe, we are trying to coordinate the same systems between our two sites, and, trust me, and it is not for boy techies.

I went to, tried to log into My Yahoo, I now have my second heart attack, it says the password and user are not correct; however it gives me that funky letter thing.

… I slowly, with great care, I am scared, I type the funky letters, which are close to impossible to read into the small Smartphone.


I enter My Yahoo, click on my email account, it opens, I look around, yes I have a connection and can read emails.

Email Download Now Works
Nothing has changed with the storage of usernames and passwords on the HTC using Windows Mobile, but it now also works, everything is back to normal.

These are not endearing moments with, seems to be a more Global System, while Yahoo is USA centric. As email security levels are often increased globally. Yahoo will at times shut off emails between countries, and I had problems using Yahoo to write from Kenya to Thailand, I had to use the Gmail account; it took a week to discover.

Email Gods
I try to explain to my friends in Corporations in the USA. I cannot write you, all the emails bounce. I try to tell my too clever Webmaster friends, your server is blocking whole countries. They do not believe me, and in a way, not they are not smart enough to understand, the problem is techies also think they are God, stops them from learning.

What the Email Gods do, when a Hobo crosses the border.

Note, I have been shut off three times completely by; it takes an act of God to get the account reopened, while they keep my money. I was not brave enough to access in Haiti… I will go to Haiti, but to access from Haiti is too scary, the pain of reactivation is too great, an hour long telephone call to the USA.

Yahoo Mail Border Crossing Travel Tip