Recently, Yahoo reported one of the two massive data breaches of the user account data to the hackers. These massive data breaches affected 500 million Yahoo users’ accounts. According to the Yahoo, all the confidential data were safe including banking information except some of the basic information as Name, Age, Gender, Email address and phone number of the Yahoo users.
So, what you are going to do if the same happen again? You can secure your Yahoo account by following some of the tips and tricks recommended by Yahoo.
It is to be noticed that security questions are no more an option to recover the Yahoo account. Post massive data breaches, Yahoo disabled the security question feature as a recovery option as this information got leaked when the breaches happened. So, now if you have forgotten the answers to the security questions then it would be impossible to recover the account. Yahoo recommends that you opt for other options instead of the security questions.
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You will have to add your mobile number and one of your existing email addresses for the recovery. If you forget your password then you can initiate the recovery process and you can verify the identity of yourself by providing the same mobile number and email address.
Two-step verification: Turn on the Two-Step Verification as it will add an extra layer of the security. Once you turn on it, despite entering your traditional password you will have to provide a security code too. This security code is usually sent to your registered mobile device. Even if someone gets the access to your password, they can’t into your Yahoo account as they will require the security code too for the successful log in attempt. Whenever it is you or someone else will try to log into your Yahoo account from an unknown location which Yahoo doesn’t recognise, it would be mandatory to enter that security code.
Yahoo Access Key: If you are tired of remembering passwords, then this is for you only. Enable the Yahoo Access Key and it will allow you to get into your account without entering the Yahoo password. You will get a notification alert on your Smartphone and you will have to approve it. The moment you approve the notification, you would be able to log in successfully.
It is recommended that you keep updating your password regularly. Keep up to date the recovery options like the mobile device and the email address. Avoid signing your Yahoo account on public or shared computers. Don’t click on the blue links sent by the person you don’t know personally. Keep updating the internet browser as well as the operating system of the device. By applying these good internet habits you can minimize the risk of cyber attack in near future.