How to protect your information in light of the Yahoo security breach
You may have been caught up in the Yahoo security breach and not realize it.
The company reports up to a half-billion users had their information stolen from a state sponsored entity from somewhere around the world. The stolen information includes usernames, passwords, phone numbers and possibly the security questions and answers used to re-set passwords.
Many people who think they‘re not affected because they don’t have a Yahoo account may be wrong. They may have an account and just don’t realize it.
When the internet was in its infancy, millions of people logged onto the world wide web using a Yahoo account. It was one of just a few web portals needed to access the internet along with AOL. Those accounts are still active even though they haven’t been used in over a decade.
Users may also have a Yahoo account if they use Flickr, Rivals or Tumblr which are all owned by Yahoo.
It’s important to change passwords to any Yahoo account you may have along with the security questions and answers.
If you use the same Yahoo password for other accounts, those account passwords should be changed as well.
This is also a good time to review accounts you’ve signed up for but no longer use. Often times people sign up for new accounts for a special feature or offer and never visit it again. You may not even realize some of the websites and services that you’ve signed up for and have an account.
About the only way to find those accounts is to search your email inbox for the keywords "Welcome To", "your account", "your password" and "confirm your email". Once you’ve identified those sites it is important to close or delete them.