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patters_uk
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Accessing yahoo after migration to Bt mail using delegated authentication

For many years I have been happily logging into uk.yahoo.com to view things in my personalised view that includes things such as financial information. Since I was migrated to Bt mail about a week ago then I can no longer login to yahoo using my @btinternet.com address. If I try to login then I get continue to redirected to the normal Bt login prompt and can login there but this launches Bt mail but still does not allow me to access my personalised yahoo account. I presume the authentication used to pass back something like a SAML token to allow me to continue within the yahoo service.

if I try to reset my password on yahoo then I get redirected to change my password on the Bt site which is not what I want to do.

i contacted  Bt who completely failed to understand my issue even when I explained to level 2 customer service  and they told me there was no level 3 to escalate to. yahoo said it was a Bt issue..

I cannot believe that I am the only one to have had this problem. I did read something about unlinking my email address but Bt support could not provide any insight into this.

I guess I could just create a new yahoo account but will have to set up all the personalisation etc once again.

any ideas ?

 

 

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New_To_UK
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Re: Accessing yahoo after migration to Bt mail using delegated authentication

Hi,

Logging in directly via yahoo was blocked many months ago on the web - if you tried to do it, it would show you a page that says not possible anymore and you need to use bt.com only. 

If you are now on BT Mail - you will not see the Yahoo UI anymore as the interfaces are different or have the ability to use a @btinternet.com login to access other yahoo services. This was an old integration that BT had which allowed you to use the email to access all of yahoo services. 

Your BT email and yahoo services are separate now:

if you want to access any yahoo services like finance etc, you need to create a separate login on the yahoo site.

Your BT email address will work separately but any password changes will need to be done via bt.com/forgotpassword only (this has been the case for a long time now anyway)

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patters_uk
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Re: Accessing yahoo after migration to Bt mail using delegated authentication

Not sure that is entirely correct.  Yes the system changed some months ago and logging into yahoo took you to a page that gave a BT error and some options. One of these took you to login to Bt email which once done allowed you to then go back (previous pages via browser) to yahoo where you were authenticated. The whole thing is not totally broken as my IOS yahoo finance app still operates with my @btinternet.com although I have to admit I haven’t logged out and logged back in to it.

Regardless I do think this yahoo integration removal is something Bt should make their customers aware of. It is still legitimate to use a non yahoo email address as a yahoo login ID as is shown by the fact I can use a gmail address to create a customised yahoo view.  As part of the email migration then BT need to inform yahoo that they no longer support delegated authentication so that yahoo could (if they wanted) tell you to create a new yahoo only password to avoid losing access.

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New_To_UK
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Re: Accessing yahoo after migration to Bt mail using delegated authentication

I understand, this delegated login was never supported by BT. It was a by product of the email association with Yahoo but it’s something yahoo fully control. Flickr used to ke something similar but earlier this year they made any BT users authenticate locally and not through this delegated login. Anyhow you can’t go back now so best to create a local yahoo ID. 

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