On Wednesday, Yahoo announced that around 1 billion user account have been hacked back in 2013. No, this is a different hack from the one announced in September. That one affected only 500 million accounts. According to the Internet giant, the hack made public phone numbers, user names and other sensitive personal information.
Biggest data breaches ever
With the announcement of this second hack, Yahoo officially becomes the company which fell victim to some of the biggest hacks in history. If the first hack did not affect the selling deal with Verizon too much, this one might be totally different. Those two breaches were announced after Verizon agreed to buy the company for $4.8 billion. If litigations are going to be made against yahoo or if its user base is going to decrease, the price for Yahoo might become smaller too.
Yahoo is not in a good place
Analysts are very worried about the situation over at Yahoo. It is explainable why Verizon might want to give up on the deal, especially after this second hack. Nobody wants to buy a ticking bomb which can go off at any given moment.
The breach which they reported on Wednesday was done by hackers through the so-called “forged cookies”. Those allowed them to enter many accounts. According to the company, this one might be related to the hack announced in September. Back then, they blamed it on state-sponsored hackers. More precisely, Russian ones. That was when the U.S. started suspecting Russia of various crimes, this being one of them.
Yahoo is advising everyone to change their passwords. Still, considering how big these two breaches were, it is unlikely that the majority of users have not been affected yet. Some of them even twice. However, this does not mean that you should not change your passwords. How can you make sure that you have a strong one? Make it complicated, lengthy and unexpected. It is important to not make your child’s name or age into a password because it is easy to guess. Don’t make any other personal information a password, for that matter. Also, don’t act smart and make it too obvious in the hope that they would not think about it. Because they do.
Another important thing would be to have a different password for each of your online accounts. Do not put the same password for your Facebook and Yahoo account, for example. Chances are, if you have been hacked, they now have access to your Facebook page too. This is the main risk.
All in all, it is important for people to know how to protect themselves from hackers. So, if you have not changed your password recently, you would better change it now. Make it complex too. If you cannot remember all those difficult passwords you can use a password manager. Some of the best are LastPass and DashLane. What they do is remember password for you, but still, you will need to have a little bit of trust. If you do not feel secure, maybe the best solution would be to keep a notebook and write them down. This wat they are more protected than on any website.
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