Yahoo confirms hackers stole information from at least 500 million user accounts. That’s right folks, it’s not a typo, repeat, 500 million accounts! This happened in 2014 – 2 years ago. Why are we only hearing about this now? Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion, according to CNN Money, and they only learned of this massive data breach 2 days ago. There may be some somber faces in the Verizon Board Room today!
Anyway, if you are a Yahoo account holder you should immediately change your password (and be sure you are not using the same password for any other accounts!), create new security questions, and use two-factor authentication.
If you are not sure what two-factor authentication is, here is some information on this:
Two Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA, two-step verification or TFA (as an acronym), is an extra layer of security that is known as “multi-factor authentication” that requires not only a password and username but also something that only that user has on them, i.e. a piece of information only they should know or have immediately to hand – such as a physical token.
Using a username and password together with a piece of information that only the user knows makes it harder for potential intruders to gain access and steal that person’s personal data or identity. (For more information, go to SecureEnvoy.com)