Do you Yahoo?
If you have used the Yahoo email service, or presumably any of their services, including Flicker, Yahoo Messenger, and BTmail then it might be a good time for you to update your passwords, and password reset information.
According to the latest news headlines (23/09/2016) the Yahoo servers were compromised during 2014. The personal information for around five hundred million accounts was stolen from Yahoo’s database and is now in the hands of…They don’t know, but we can presume that it’s in the hands of someone who will sell to the highest bidder. So, if you have ever had a Yahoo mail account then log in and change your password today. Prior to 2015 BT email used the Yahoo email servers, which could mean that if you have an older BT email address then your account may have been compromised, so change your BT password. I’ve just tried to get a definitive answer from BT but the only answer I received was advice to change any BT email passwords.
Although the email log in passwords were encrypted, it appears that corresponding information such as reset passwords, data relating to addresses, and reset email addresses were NOT encrypted.
I think the main thing we can all learn from the Yahoo hack is that the information we share with online companies is not as secure as we would like to think.
Here are a couple of tips to help you make your information safer
- Use STRONG passwords. Include Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters.
- When submitting password reset questions, don’t go for anything that someone might guess. Place of birth, favourite food, first car, favourite sport…All of this information is easy to find!
- Never give any password information out online. A scam that many fall for is the, “can you give me the first three characters of your password?” they then state that it’s incorrect and request you give then the next three characters, and so on, until they have your complete password.
- Never give your passwords to anyone else. Unless there is a need for someone to access your information then you should never give any password details to anyone.
So, now you have read this blog post, go and update your email password 🙂