Yahoo! Hacked Learn How to Protect Yourself
by guest writer, Linda St.Cyr
YAHOO! was hacked by a group calling themselves D33DS. The group claimed that the hack which released 450,000 email addresses and passwords to the public was “a wake-up call not as a threat.” But those who were affected by the hack might not see D33DS benevolence. I know that I don’t and I was one among the half a million emails to be released to the public. Luckily, the password that was associated with my email was outdated. Many other people were not as lucky.
People tend to use the same password for various sites. This can be detrimental if a hack takes place like the one that was done by D33DS. Although, I didn’t use the password that D33DS released I still had to take a day to change the passwords for all the websites that I used. Most of the websites had security measures in place that automatically locked me out the account (and any hackers as well) until I took steps to reset my passwords.
There are three basic steps that can help keep your internet and email activities safe:
DON’T USE THE SAME PASSWORD
Do not use the same password for various websites. It may make life easier but it also makes you more susceptible to hackers and spam. If you use various websites for business or pleasure create a hard copy list and put it in a desk drawer or in a safe place. If you have ten different website accounts, you should have ten different website passwords.
CREATE A STRONG PASSWORD
Websites that recommend that you use 6-8 letters including a capital letter and a number or a symbol are ones that want you to have a strong password. The stronger a password is, the harder it is for a hacker to get into your account. A strong password will have a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Your password should not be your social security number, your birthday, your kids birthdays, your phone number or even your anniversary. That information is easily accessible, especially on social media platforms, which makes using it easily accessible for a hacker.
CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD OFTEN
Every couple of months take a day to change all the passwords you use. This will make it more difficult for a hack to take place as your accounts. A hacker could be close to figuring out what your password is but because you change it so often, the hacker will have to start all over again.
The Daily Telegraph, who reported on the Yahoo! hack, stated: “Users of online accounts are urged by security experts and technology firms to select tough passwords and change them frequently to thwart hackers.”
This guest post is by Linda St.Cyr, a freelance writer, blogger, and columnist. She covers a wide variety of topics from food to celebrity gossip. Read her work at Ecorazzi, Yahoo! Contributor Network, or The Hungry Kitchen.