How to ensure your Yahoo account is protected
Yahoo! has discovered a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts
Yahoo! has discovered a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts, breaking the company's own humiliating record for the biggest security breach in history.
The digital heist disclosed Wednesday occurred in August 2013, more than a year before a separate hack that Yahoo announced nearly three months ago. That breach affected at least 500 million users, which had been the most far-reaching hack until the latest revelation.
If you used to have a Yahoo! account (even if it was only used for the Flickr image hosting service), it is strongly recommended that you immediately change your password, especially if you haven’t changed it for several years. If you use your Yahoo! password for other services, also change the password for these services.
If you have not already done so, activating the two-step verification command, which requires, in addition to the password, a code sent by SMS, is a simple and effective method of making intrusions into your electronic mail account much more difficult.
The security question, which allows you to recover your password in case of forgetfulness, is a loophole frequently exploited during a piracy attack. Yahoo! did not provide any information as to whether the answer to your question was stolen or whether it was encrypted. Change it immediately, focusing on the question whose answer is only known to you. Avoid any question whose answer can be easily found, like the classic “what is your mother’s maiden name?” or “What is the name of your pet?”