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Yahoo Account Hacked? Here’s What To Do

Only in December 2016 did Yahoo confirm that hackers stole data from over 1 billion of its accountholders three years earlier in 2013, possibly one of the largest personal data hacks in history.

Among the stolen information: names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and passwords. Also stolen were information users provided to Yahoo for security questions, such as their mother’s maiden name or other means to confirm the validity of accountholders. According to Yahoo, the ongoing investigation suggests that credit card and bank account information were not stolen.

The company also revealed in September 2016 that a different attack affected 500 million user accounts, bringing the total to 1.5 billion impacted accounts. Yahoo currently claims more than 1 billion monthly active users, some with multiple email accounts and others with none.  

The technology company has started sending email notifications to users who were affected by the data breach. Even if you weren’t among the affected users, you can take the following steps to protect your personal information.

Here’s what to do if your account was hacked:

·         Change your passwords and security Q&As for all accounts that you have used similar information for.

·         If you don’t actively use your Yahoo or email account, delete it.

·         Enable two-step verification for your email accounts. Here’s how.

·         Beware of unsolicited emails, letters and websites asking for personal information.

·         Review your email account for suspicious activity.

·         Freeze access to your credit report.

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