Once mighty technology giant, Yahoo! known for its popular webmail, portal, and directory services; confirmed a breach of possibly 500 million accounts.
- Important! – Before creating any new passwords, please read this article on How to Create an Easy to Remember, Strong Password.
- Stop what you’re doing right now, and change all your Yahoo! account passwords.
- Hopefully…. you didn’t re-use any passwords from Yahoo! however, if you did, be sure to go change any other account online which might have the same password as your Yahoo! account. Be sure also to audit all your other online accounts which use the same password as your Yahoo! account.
- I know you’ve already done this but… as a reminder… PLEASE Enable Two-Factor Authentication for all your online accounts today!
- Another important thing to mention is to not answer those “three security questions with real answers”. For example, mother’s maiden name, first girlfriend, your pet’s name. If you use the same answers on every site, it is easy for a hacker to figure out all of your accounts. In fact, you shouldn’t even to answer these questions with the real truth. My advice, use fake answers and store them in a Password safe like 1Password, our favorite password safe app.
- Why are you still reading this? Go change your passwords!!!
500 Million Yahoo Accounts Compromised
In a public statement on the company’s official Tumblr page; the Sunnyvale, California company confirmed user account information was stolen from the network in 2014.
We have confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. The ongoing investigation suggests that stolen information did not include unprotected passwords, payment card data, or bank account information; payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system that the investigation has found to be affected. Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen and the investigation has found no evidence that the state-sponsored actor is currently in Yahoo’s network. Yahoo is working closely with law enforcement on this matter. Source
Yahoo is advising users to update their accounts now. The process is quick and easy; the network has simplified the process to update your information. Just head on over to the sign in page, log in with your existing email address and password.
You will be asked to secure your account, click the button Yes, secure my account button.
Enter your new password then confirm it.
That’s it! Just as a precaution, you might want to update or change your credentials if you use your Yahoo! account to sign into services. I was using my Yahoo address to sign into Facebook, so I made sure to update it.
Years of failed leadership and lack of a strategy to compete with Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft has destroyed the company to the point that most of its assets are being sold to Verizon for a mere 5 billion…. that is unless Verizon pulls out based on this latest breach. Honestly, this data breach is likely to be the final nail in the coffin for this once great Internet Corp.
What do you think? Will you be moving your account to a new service? Would love to hear your thoughts about Yahoo! and this latest data breach in the comments below.