Yahoo Mail discontinues automatic email forwarding for free users

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Verizon is removing the ability to automatically forward incoming emails from a Yahoo inbox to another email address for Yahoo Mail free users.

The feature will be removed on January 1, 2021.

Yahoo Mail users who still want to use automatic email forwarding are told to sign up for Yahoo Mail Pro, which costs $34.99 per year, or $3.49 a month.

Yahoo Mail owner Verizon announced the change at the start of the month and is now notifying users via email.

The company cited security reasons for dropping the feature.

“We regularly evaluate our products and services against current security standards and have decided to remove this feature to help ensure free Yahoo Mail accounts remain secure,” the company explained in a FAQ page published on October 31.

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