Member Alert: Yahoo Email Hack!
More than a billion Yahoo user accounts were hacked in 2013. That comes in addition to the 500 million user accounts that were stolen in 2014, a breach that was announced in September. At the time, that attack was regarded as the largest-ever single-source data hack in history. Then on Wednesday, the company announced a second hack that more than doubled the record. The advice given dating back to the first breach still stands. If you have a Yahoo email account, you should:
- Change your password. Even though Yahoo says it will notify potentially affected users, you should change your password anyway. And, do it now.
Some helpful password tips:
- Avoid using the same password on multiple sites. That only makes it easier for hackers to hop from one of your accounts to another. If you do recycle passwords, stop now, and change your passwords across all of the websites you have accounts with.
- Avoid obvious passwords like “password” or “me123” or common terms that can be easily guessed. Mix up letters, numbers and symbols.
2. Set up two-factor authentication. Passwords are inherently flawed, but two-factor authentication is the best way to secure them. When you’re updating your account, Yahoo will ask you if you want to do this. It’s recommended. Essentially, this authentication will send a text message to your smartphone with a unique login code each time you log into your account. Yes, it can be a pain. But it will also make it much less likely that someone else will be able to access your account.
3. Keep an eye on your account. Look for things that seem odd. Are there emails in your “sent” box that you didn’t send? Are you getting emails that ask you to click on links? Or official-looking emails asking for your password, or other personal information? Don’t do it.
If you feel you may have fallen victim to this hack, contact Yahoo as soon as possible to make a report.
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