You’ve mentioned that you use Gmail as your spam filter even though your email address is not a Gmail address. Can you describe how you do that?
Gmail is a great spam filter. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that as I write this, it is perhaps the best. Only a small amount of spam makes it through, and very few false positives are thrown. It’s not perfect, but no solution is.
What many people don’t realize is that you can use Gmail to handle email from almost any email address you have. I use Gmail almost exclusively these days to handle my @askleo.com email, my other business related emails, and my personal email as well. My wife does the same.
I’ll show you how to use Gmail for any email account supporting POP3 and SMTP access.
I have terminated my Yahoo account. There’s a clause in the form that says that after 90 days my user ID can be made available to others. Does that mean that if someone then snaps up my old user name they could start impersonating me? Would he see everyone on my contact list? Would my old contacts see him and think I was back on-line?
Could that person try and impersonate you? Yes.
Will it be easy? Maybe.
Would that person see everyone on your contact list? No.
This actually applies to all the services, not just Yahoo. The “90 days” part might change, but the basics would still apply.