ALERT! Yahoo! Email Hacked! ALERT!

Published On September 22, 2016 | By Tom Huskerson | Alerts

Yahoo mailYahoo! the once and original Internet giant, announced that its email systems have been hacked.

Yahoo! confirmed the  details of the 2014 breach months after reports leaked of a major hack. According to Yahoo!’s investigation “certain user account information was stolen” and the attack came from “what it believes is a state-sponsored actor.” For the laymen that means another country did it or paid for it.

In a statement Yahoo! said, “Based on the ongoing investigation, Yahoo! believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts were stolen.” Experts believes that the hack is possibly the largest-ever breach from a single organization topping the MySpace hack affecting 360 million users earlier this year.

Yahoo! was once thee giant of the Internet  and is still the third largest provider of email services. However the company has fallen in value from a one time high of $100 billion to its current value of less that $5 billion. This massive email hack comes after Yahoo! agreed to a deal to sell its core Internet business to telecommunications giant Verizon for $4.8 billion, bringing a sad end to more than two decades as an independent company.

Why is this hack of Yahoo! email systems so important? The stolen information may include users names, email address, birth dates, and scrambled passwords, along with encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.  According to computer security analyst Graham Cluley, the stolen Yahoo! data “could be useful ammunition for any hacker attempting to break into Yahoo! accounts, or interested in exploring whether users might have used the same security questions/answers to protect themselves elsewhere on the web.”

What can you do?

Change your passwords immediately. Never, ever use the same password for more than one site. Doing that allows hackers  to gain access to your other accounts across the web.  Change your other passwords too and remember to change your passwords at least every six months.

Can’t remember passwords? Try a password manager program like 1Password or LastPass. Password managers generate highly secure passwords that are a potent mix of unintelligible letters and numbers. Such passwords are extremely difficult to guess. These password managers work with Apple, Android and Windows operating systems.

Use two factor authentication. Yahoo!’s two-factor authentication security measure means you  have to have your smartphone close by when logging into your Yahoo! account.

Yahoo! also offers itsAccount Keyfeature, which replaces written passwords with a smartphone app. 

Remember you are responsible for your own security and safety online. Don’t depend on anyone else.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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