I don't know if this is news to you, but it is to me. About 2 months ago I signed up with Flickr. I found they provide big storage over 30Gb for free, which I could then use to store 30GB of images. I can then access the images online from a IPad with a Ipad Flickr App. I thought this was a good solution, as the IPad doesn't have that much storage space far from 30GB. The storage is online to access images from any device for the future. You have to sign up with a Yahoo account to get a Flickr account. It was possible to sign in with a Gmail or Facebook account but not anymore, it has to be exclusively a yahoo account. I have signed into the account first few times about 3 months ago then didn't use it for 2 months. About a month ago I tried to sign in but happened to forget the password. No problem, I email the password from the forgot password option. The service was down and unavailable from Yahoo side. About week later I retrieved the password. Few weeks later, I try to sign into Flickr with the @yahoo.co.uk account and was greeted with: The account has been deactivated. Your account is being recycled. Plese sign up for a new one. Big Gasp. It turns out, if you do not sign in once every 2 months(or maybe it's 90 days) you lose your Yahoo account! As your Yahoo account is tied to the Flickr account, You lose your Flickr account as well! So I lost 30Gb of pictures after spending long time uploading them. Luckily they were backed up on a PC. In the Yahoo help it mentions reactivating a Yahoo account by completing the CAPTCHA verification. There is no CAPTCHA verification. This is for the UK Yahoo. If you do manage to reactivate your account. It tells you that all your emails and data is lost. If you try to contact Yahoo by email you can't you have to ring them. They purposefully avoid to help you by popular communication means. How abysmal is Yahoo? I read an answer from a woman at the top of Yahoo in charge and she said "We recycle Yahoo accounts so users can get the user account name they want that was previously unavailable" That is rubbish. I picked a username that nobody would ever choose Besides more importantly. Yahoo are actually saying, defining themselves that they don't care about your account, emails or data. There would be many many users that would not sign into there Yahoo account within 2 months, such as when they are ill for instance. So I ask again in this day and age when online resources are more important to users than ever: How stupid and shortsighted are Yahoo? I read a news article in which a user used a Flickr account to hold his thousands of images and referred to those images in many blogs and articles across the web. Yahoo deactivated the Yahoo account and so also the Flickr and so all related images disappeared from all news articles and blogs across the web. Others tales off the web report losing 10 years of emails. Users cannot access Facebook. Users signed upto Facebook with a Yahoo account. So for long term future or precious use my advice is DO NOT USE YAHOO UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Why does Flickr not have it's own accounts? Because it now belongs to Yahoo. Do not rely on a service that relys on another service for it's accounts! DO NOT USE FLICKR. FIND something else. In fact when you click on Flickr help, you are directed to Yahoo help. You cannot contact Flickr for help. I have found two online services offering 50GB for free. Adrive and Mega. The only trouble is IOS Apps don't work with these services. Dropbox provide 2GB Google+ or Google Drive 15GB total Edit: I found the Yahoo UK phone number. This is the alternative to the costly 0800 number. The number is 020 7131 1000. For Flickr issues you would have to ring this number as well as you can't contact them by mail. In fact in the past when Yahoo were starting out getting popular i always considered them not quality. The graphics and fonts looked awful for starters. It no wonder Google and Microsoft came along offering far better online services. What a s*** outfit Yahoo are.