After agreeing to sell their company to Verizon, Yahoo announced that they had a security breech in 2014 where 500,000,000 (that’s 500 MILLION!) user names and passwords were taken along with other data. Evidently, Yahoo did not encrypt their data. Once the hackers got in they had access to everything.
Here is a link to Yahoo’s help page, “Signs of a hacked account and what to do“. Don’t look for signs. Change it right now for your own protection!
It will be interesting to see how this revelation impacts the sale of Yahoo to Verizon as will the ongoing anti-trust concerns over the deal. We’ll be following this with interest as it seems net-neutrality issues are also involved. Here is a related article on the Fortune website. What do you think?
Here is an excellent article on the Wired.com Website about good password practices and tips for easier to remember and more secure passwords. It’s titled, “7 Password Experts on How to Lock Down Your Online Security“. But, before you read it, change your Yahoo password!