Yahoo! says and email breach that included information from 500 million email accounts was stolen in 2014. According to the company, the theft may include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.
Change your Yahoo! email password if you haven’t already.
Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York has tips for those who have a Yahoo! email account:
Make passwords long and strong. Don’t use a single word; try a phrase or a jumble of words that only means something to you. Mix upper and lower case letters, add numbers in random places, add a symbol. Don’t create passwords based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed, such as your mother’s maiden name or your dog’s name.
Use unique passwords for every account. While it may be easy to use the same password for every account, BBB advises everyone to switch it up. Even though it is easier to remember, it could be dangerous if one account is hacked!
Secure your passwords. Keep a written list of passwords in a safe place, not on or near your computer or smartphone. Consider sharing the location of your passwords with someone you trust. Never share your passwords with friends, and especially not with someone who contacts you (scammers often pose as a bank, IRS agent, etc.).
Change your passwords regularly. We know it is a pain to change and then remember all your passwords, but it’s one of the best ways to keep your private information safe.
Consider doing so every six months:
April (Digital Spring Cleaning)
October (National Cyber Security Awareness Month)
May (World Password Day, May 5)
Keeping strong and secure passwords are just another way to protect your online identity.