Yahoo Hack Affects 500 Million Users
Seemingly big hacks come and go, but this latest Yahoo hack is one of the largest we can remember.
Search giant Yahoo was the victim of a major hack in late 2014. Consequently, some five hundred million accounts were compromised.
According to Wired UK: “Names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and security questions were stolen”. What’s more, an attack on a company this large ripples out to smaller affiliated companies, including ISPs like Sky and BT. So even if you don’t have a Yahoo account, your BT email and even your Flickr account may have been compromised.
5 Ways to Make Your Network Safer After the Yahoo Hack
As mentioned above, an attack on a massive Internet based search engine and email provider affects you in ways you may not realize. If you’re a victim of the Yahoo hack, you have some work to do to re-achieve even the bare minimum of cybersecurity. But if you’re willing to go a little further, you can give yourself a far more fortified wireless network. FlashRouters recommends you go the whole way, starting with…
1. Set Up A New Yahoo Password
Let’s start here because it’s the first and most obvious step. Your Yahoo password may have already been sold on the dark web. Therefore you need to change it immediately.
2. Make Better Passwords All Around
Let’s call this the most annoying step. While it is unfairly burdensome to have to keep a log of your many passwords for your many, many online accounts, you simply cannot have the same password for everything because it’s easier to remember.
If someone gets your Yahoo account info, and you have the same password for your bank account, the hacker now has your bank account info as well. So this means you need to differentiate passwords on your email, your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, etc. Don’t store your passwords in a folder on your computer called “My passwords”. Matter of fact, just check out our post about password security maintenance and go from there.
3. Clear Your Cache And Remove Apps
Whether you realize it or not, the apps on your Internet-capable devices are steadily accumulating data. And it’s slowing your devices performance way down. Moreover, there is all manner of sensitive and private information in your cache. And you definitely don’t want that falling into the wrong hands. But all you have to do is clear the cache on your phone or Internet browser and delete the offending apps to fix this issue.
4) Re-Install Desired Apps
Now that you’ve erased the apps that have been weighing down your device’s performance, it’s time to reinstall the ones you want. It’s a simple matter of returning to the App Store and re-downloading whatever you require.
5) Set Up A VPN
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, subscribe to a VPN. Simply put, it’s the best way to secure your wireless network in this day and age. VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, encrypt your data by tunneling your info through secure servers every time you log in. Believe us, when a hacker or snooping government official comes knocking, VPNs are the best defense against their prying eyes.
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