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After Yahoo announced last year that 1.5 Billion of their accounts had been breached, many were wondering if it was time to close their email accounts and move elsewhere.
Well, the time has come. Close your Yahoo account now. Don’t just change your password or secret information. Close it down and move to something more secure, at least until Yahoo can get it’s act together.
What is Yahoo’s latest security breach? On February 15, 2017, Yahoo announced this time, hackers used forged cookies to access accounts without needing passwords. That’s right folks, cookies.
Here is what the announcement stated: “We are writing to inform you about a data security issue that involves your Yahoo account. We have taken steps to secure your account and are working closely with law enforcement.
“Our outside forensic experts have been investigating the creation of forged cookies that could allow an intruder access to users’ accounts without a password. Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account.
“We have connected some of the cookie forging activity to the same state-sponsored actor believed to be responsible for the data theft we disclosed on September 22, 2016. Those users targeted by the state-sponsored actor were sent an additional notification.
“We invalidated the forged cookies and hardened our systems to secure them against similar attacks. We continuously enhance our safeguards and systems that detect and prevent unauthorized access to user accounts.”
It appears Yahoo is attempting to contain this threat. However, the company has had too many security issues lately to trust that everything is fine now. We highly recommend closing your Yahoo account and any that are associated with Yahoo!
How to close your Yahoo account:
- Go to the “Terminating your Yahoo account” page.
- Read the information under “Before continuing, please consider the following information”.
- Confirm your password – if you forgot your password, you can recover it with the Yahoo Sign-in Helper.
- Click Terminate this Account.
Remember, if you do close your Yahoo account, you will not be able to use services associated with it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Yahoo Mail isn’t the only account that can be affected by data breaches. Any service connected to Yahoo can also be impacted.
Here is a list of Yahoo-owned services:
- Flickr – A photo sharing site
- Tumblr – A blogging service
- Yahoo Sports – This is used to play fantasy sports such as football, baseball, basketball and more
- Yahoo Smart TV apps – These apps are usually associated with Vizio and Samsung brand smart TVs
- Yahoo-branded services – For example, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Shopping, Yahoo Music, etc.
No announcement yet on how Verizon will respond to this announcement. Verizon has been in discussions to buy Yahoo for it’s customer base. But after last year’s announced breaches, and now this, one has to question the value of customers who can no longer trust their email service.
BE SAFE. BACK UP REGULARLY
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