Yahoo announced that the account information of at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers in the biggest known theft of one company’s computer network. Yahoo said that user information – including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords, and in some cases, security questions – was stolen.
If you are a Yahoo user, you should consider taking the following steps:
- Change your Yahoo password.
- If you use the same password for all your accounts, don’t just update your Yahoo password; update your other passwords too.
- Check your credit reports, bank accounts and credit accounts for any fraudulent purchases.
- Read emails carefully. Don’t reply to emails purporting to be from Yahoo – or any other company, for that matter – if they prompt you to provide a password, username or any other personal information, or ask you to click a link. Hackers use urgent-sounding emails to get valuable information out of unsuspecting customers.
You may also want to go to a website set up by Yahoo for more information on what to do at:
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