1 Billion Yahoo Accounts Hacked

December 20, 2016

Change your Yahoo password NOW.

 

While investigating the August 2014 security breach that affected 500 million users, Yahoo discovered a far bigger breach that compromised more than 1 billion user accounts, all the way back in 2013.

 

User outrage is not unfounded. According to former members of Yahoo’s security team, Yahoo has not been spending a great deal of money on data protection. Since new types of cyberattacks are developed daily, it is incredibly important for companies that deal with personal data to do everything possible to protect their users.

 

If you have a Yahoo account, or any account you fear may be hacked, you should take the following steps now:

 

Number one, change your password immediately. Don’t use a password you’ve used elsewhere; make it a unique, difficult password to crack. Learn more about how to create an effective password here.

 

Number two, change your security questions. Many people forget about these because online services generally bury your security questions within your account settings, but if you suspect any of your internet accounts have been hacked, you should change your security questions along with your passwords. Because of the attacks, Yahoo has done away with security questions, but they have other methods of tightening up your privacy settings that you can read about here.

 

Number three, be aware that an attack like this could happen again. It’s a good idea to change your passwords regularly (every three to six months) to ensure your account isn’t easily hacked, but nothing is foolproof – or in this case, hack-proof.

 

Yahoo is far from the only company to be dealt a major blow from a cyberattack. For one day in October 2016, Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, and a number of other sites were inaccessible to many users in the eastern United States and Europe. In May 2016, 167 million LinkedIn users may have had their account information stolen. Cyber criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated with time, it’s true. But as they get smarter, so do the people in the business of protecting you.