Make use of these steps to prevent your Yahoo account being hacked
Yahoo, one of the most commonly used accounts for mailing, chatting, sending and sharing files, is now at risk. Yes, you heard that right. And it has been announced that more than 500 million Yahoo accounts were hacked by a “state actor”. Though Yahoo has sent a notice to every one of the users, but if you have not received them, then you need to take up the following steps immediately to protect your account. The attack was a hell lot worse than you would have imagined. According to the reports of the company, it was a state sponsored.
The steps to know
If your account has been hacked, immediately you are going to receive a mail that you have to update your password. This article is going to show you some steps which will help you in tracking easily whether your account is safe or not.
The very basic rule is to create a password that will be a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. You need to be sure that the password is at least of 8 characters and does not involve any commonly used phrase. We know that a lot of you have a really busy day, and tend to forget passwords. For them, you can make use of applications like Keeper, LastPass or Dashlane to help you keep the password in one place. All you need to do is remember the password of the Application that you are using among these.
Yahoo has already started notifying people regarding the change of passwords, and this is done through inputting security questions, and also updating mobile numbers. You will also have options for reviewing accounts for any suspicious activities and remain alert regarding any unsolicited communications. The different websites now days, allow the users to have an additional layer of security. You got that right; this is the two factor authentication system.
Two factor authentication
To enable the system of two factor authentication, all you need to do is, go to settings page, click on Account security, enable the two step verification feature by clicking on toggle button and then just put your mobile number. After that you have to verify your mobile number by clicking on the “Send SMS” or the “Call me option”. You will get a verification key, enter the key and then click on verify.
Well, yahoo has got another feature where you won’t have to remember your password. This is called “Account Key”, after you enable it, a notification is sent to your mobile, enter your credentials. Go to the account security on web browser and click on “send me notification”. A test account key will be sent, tap on yes. When you get logged in, you have to click on “Always use account key”. And then once again verify the phone number as instructed.
A tabular overview
|SL NO||Facts to know||Brief details|
|1.||What to change first||Password and security question|
|2.||Monitoring mails frequently||Checking emails frequently will enable you to keep a track for your sent mails and also credit card activities.|
|3.||Ignoring mails that ask personal info||Mark them as spam and don’t download attachments from unknown sources|
|4.||Is tumbler account affected?||No|