So there's been a lot of talk lately about the recent disclosure from Yahoo about a hack into heir systems that occurred back in 2014. A lot of us feel real helpless about hearing news like this because we believe that a large company such as Yahoo should never be susceptible to this type of breach. But that is just not the case these days as everyone is foldable to the security hack.
So now that the damage has been done is there anything that you can do text yourself? Well I believe there is and I'm going to outline a couple of things that you can do right now to protect yourself going forward.
One of the most alarming things about this situation is that the hack occurred over two years ago and we are just being informed about it now. And I have heard some say that since the hack occurred such a long time ago, that we have nothing to worry about now, that we would have seen fallout from this by now already. Well I disagree because a lot of people will use the same passwords and the same security questions to secure all their online accounts. So if someone acquires that information, then they have the keys to the castle. It really doesn't matter how long ago the information was acquired as it could still be relevant today.
And even if you haven't used your yahoo account in years, researchers are saying that the consequences from the hack could be far-reaching. For example, from what we know the hackers were able to obtain information from Yahoo database such as addresses, phone numbers, birthdates, account passwords and even security questions used in recovering account passwords. Now this is especially alarming because if someone knows your security question answers, which are commonly used across multiple websites, then they can potential he recover the passwords of other online accounts that you use. I don't think I need to go into how much harm that can cause.
So here are a couple things that you can do to protect yourself, now that we know all this information
Change your password. You can never be too safe and the first line of defense is always to change your password. A lot of people do not want to change their password because they do not want to remember multiple passwords, but if you're using one password or across multiple websites for doing things such as online bill pay, online shopping or social media, you could really br leaving yourself vulnerable.
Try to use a password that is complex. That mean you should include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and even special characters such as ! and #.
Utilize two factor authentication. Passwords are not strong enough. If you can use to use to factor authentication on the particular website, then I would definitely do so. That way when you attempt to log into the website, you will receive a text message to a mobile device with a pin or a phrase that you will then need to enter into the website in order to login. It is a really effective way to protect yourself even if your credentials are stolen.
So how can you stop your information from being stolen? In reality there is nothing you can do. If you bank online, shop online or use social media accounts you are putting your information in the hands of others in order to enjoy those websites and the convenience that comes along with those websites.
You should make it a habit to change your password every quarter and make those passwords complex. Constantly changing your password will ensure that if your data was stolen years ago, that the password will probably no longer be currently used.
intentionally answer security questions incorrectly. A good thing to do is try not to answer the security questions accurately. Now that your personal information is easily searchable on Google, such as the high school you went to, the mascot of your high school, the street you grew up on, that information can easily be found. So if you answer the security questions incorrectly, but of course remembering what your answers are, then you will have created a really secure answer and an answer that cannot just be researched quickly through a Google search.
I hope this helps answer any questions you may have about this recent Yahoo security breach. And if you have any other questions and or want to know how you can protect yourself further, just call our office anytime and speak with the technical specialist. 732-477-4005. links:
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