by Jeroen Barendse
Yahoo Hack Explained
According to an article on Techcrunch.com, Yahoo disclosed December 14th, 2016, that, "...it has discovered a breach of more than one billion user accounts that occurred in August 2013. The breach is believed to be separate and distinct from the theft of data from 500 million accounts that Yahoo reported this September." NPR.org has reported that hackers have stolen the names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and security questions of more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.
How Does This Affect You?
Yahoo has already stated that they will notify users affected by the breach, but you should still beware of any suspicious looking messages, especially ones that prompt you to click on any links. To check if your account has been hacked, go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and enter your email address.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
First, you should change your Yahoo password immediately. After you change your password, it is recommended that you update your Yahoo accounts security settings to turn on multi-factor authentication.
Incidents like these illustrate the need for good password habits. Good password habits include: