Users Urged to Change Passwords, Add Two-Factor Authentication
Late Wednesday YAHOO hacked again- this time over 1 BILLION users data was breached. This incident outweighs the previous data breaches significantly. Emails were sent out to all account holders urging them to increase security on their accounts.
- Change your passwords and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which you used the same or similar information used for your Yahoo account.
- Review all of your accounts for suspicious activity.
- Be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for your personal information or refer you to a web page asking for personal information.
- Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails.
- Additionally, please consider using Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password on Yahoo altogether.
At this point, my recommendation is to change the security information and then simply DELETE your account. Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it sounds. YAHOO takes up to 91 days to actually delete the account (similar to deleting a Facebook account).
Yahoo Users Overwhelmed by Thought of Switching Email Providers
I know many people who have told me it’s just too complicated to switch their email account. Some feel they have nothing to worry about because all they use this for is simple personal emails. However, I urge everyone with a YAHOO account to consider these points:
- If your YAHOO account Username or Password is the same as ANY OTHER ACCOUNT, such as Facebook or your online Banking, you are at high risk of having those accounts hacked too. The damage could be more far-reaching than you think.
- If anyone has ever sent you a Password or Login credentials those are possibly being shared with hackers worldwide.
- Using information about you that that was stored in your Profile including answers to security questions, hackers can create fake profiles on any online website, social media site and create unforeseen problems in the future.
How to Delete your Yahoo account Forever
You cannot simply delete your account from inside your account Profile page. You must visit a special account deletion page while you’re logged into your YAHOO account.
Verizon Deal In Jeopardy
Verizon agreed to buy Yahoo in July for $6 Billion. They may be reconsidering this bid as YAHOO stocks take a downward trend and as they consider inheriting massive security issues during a data merge.