Yahoo has just announced that over 500 million accounts have been affected by what it is calling a “state-sponsored attack”. Yahoo is currently notifying all the users whose accounts were hacked through an email and has asked them to change their password and update their mobile numbers. Even if your Yahoo account wasn’t hacked this time around, you should stay alerted and take up a few measures to ensure the safety of your Yahoo account.
Among the few things which you can do, the first and foremost is to change your account password on a regular basis. I would suggest changing passwords every 3 to 6 months. Your password should be a combination of uppercase & lowercase letters, special characters and numbers. Also, don’t use the same password for two accounts at any cost. If you’re worried about remembering dozens of passwords, use apps like Keeper, Dashlane, LastPass, etc. These apps can save all of your passwords safe in one place. All you need to do then is to remember just one password. A strong password ensures the security of your account and makes it less prone to getting hacked. An easy password can make you an easy prey to the hackers and the glaring example of this can be Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Another step which must be taken to ensure the further security of your Yahoo account is the two-factor-authentication system. To enable this just head over to the Account Security option once you login to your Yahoo account and hit the toggle button. You’ll be prompted to enter your mobile number and verify the same by either ‘Send SMS’ or ‘Call Me’ option through the verification key.
You can also use the Yahoo Account Key feature to add a further enhance the security of your account. This feature allows you to login even without entering the password. A notification is sent on your registered mobile number every time you wish to login. It just asks your approval to log into the Yahoo account. You can activate it for both PC as well as your Android and iOS devices by heading over to the Account Security settings.
Follow these steps religiously and rest assured that your Yahoo account will be the least prone to any of these hacking attacks. Also, these instructions are not only limited to Yahoo and you should adopt these measures for your other accounts online accounts as well. Stay Safe.