Another day, another news of Yahoo’s latest security fuck up! If you’ve just logged into your Yahoo email, you would have received an urgent security letter from the Yahoo team if your account was one of the billion users that had their account information hacked – again!
And no, this is not a continuation of the 2014 hack that was revealed this September. Apparently, the massive “state-sponsored data breach” happened in August 2013, and Yahoo was alerted by the security agencies in early November.
Yahoo believes that the breach includes user’s names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, MD5-hashed passwords and security question answers.
So the question is, what steps can you take to secure your account; if there is anything like security when using Yahoo.
Deleting your Yahoo accounts for good would be a good start, though! But unfortunately, not everyone can track down all the people and places who contact them using the email address, meaning you’ll have to resort to other options.
1. Update your Yahoo accounts
If you haven’t updated your username and password since August 2013, Yahoo advises doing so immediately (so considerate of them). You should also update your security questions/answers.
2. Change Yahoo passwords, security questions on other accounts
If you are using your Yahoo passwords and security questions on multiple platforms such as or banking services, the chances are that they were also compromised. Change them pronto, and always try to use different passwords for different services in the future.
3. Use a password manager
Using managers such as LastPass or 1Password helps you generate and store passwords and security answers for all of your accounts. You only need to remember one master password, making your life a whole lot easier.
4. Don’t trust emails asking for more information
As your credentials have been compromised, the chances are that you will get “unsolicited communications that ask for your personal information or refer you to a web page asking for personal information.”
Be wary of emails asking you to click on links or download attachments from suspicious sources.
5. Check your bank accounts
Although this hack didn’t include bank information, Yahoo still urges the users to review their accounts for suspicious activity. The official statement read,
“Be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for your personal information or refer you to a web page asking for personal information.”
There is a possibility that hackers who have your private information might open a credit card in your name.
Have any other tips on how to minimize the effects of the Yahoo hack debacle?
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