Yahoo just announced another hack where a whopping 1 billion accounts were hacked which is the largest hack to date. To put that number into perspective, that's enough comprised user accounts to account for 3 times the population of the United States.
With that being said, along with the lack of security Yahoo has showcased, now would be a good time to consider ditching your Yahoo account. Here's a couple tips we suggest for all you Yahoo users out there.
Hints And Tips For Yahoo Account Owners
- Remove important data: Before you delete the account, be sure to delete any important data you wouldn't want compromised. It's after this you'll want to think of opening an email account elsewhere, such as GMail.
- Use different passwords for all online accounts: Check if you have used your Yahoo password in other sites and change the password and security questions for those accounts. And remember, never reuse your email password (or any other password tied to an account that holds sensitive data about you) on any other site.
- Remove your phone number (if applicable): Multi-factor authentication is always a good idea when securing your account. However, if your account has the potential of being breached, you will want to remove your phone number from the account before changing services.
- Block access to your credit report: Hackers who have valuable credentials will often try to open a credit card in your name. When that happens, the first thing a bank will do is run a credit check. If you put a freeze on your credit report, you will be alerted that an institution is trying to run a check and can flag that you didn't request it.
If you have any additional questions, we'll be more than happy to guide you in the right direction. We can be reached here or by calling (508) 453-4700. Stay safe!