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Yahoo User: Protect Your Personal & Financial Information

Best Practice Tips from IDT911

Yahoo recently reported that the account information for at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago, compromising user names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords and security questions. In a company statement, Yahoo confirmed the ongoing investigation revealed that the breach did not include payment card data or bank account information. 

Here are some best practices provided by IDT911 that we’d like to share around Yahoo’s massive data breach: 

  1. Review the breached account. Identify what information it contains and what was compromised. It could include a secondary email address, birth date and phone number.
  2. Change all user access credentials and security questions. Update your Yahoo account password. Also, if you use the same passwords for other accounts, change those too. Watch financial statements—on paper and online—for unauthorized transactions. Be aware of potential email, phone and snail mail scams. Enable text and email alerts when possible.
  3. Delete sensitive information. Remove any sensitive information that may be stored in your email inbox.
  4. Place a fraud alert on your credit file. An alert placed with one of the three major credit bureaus signals to potential creditors that you could be a victim of identity theft. Initial Fraud Alerts last for 90 days and require potential creditors to confirm the legitimacy of your identity before granting credit. Extended Fraud Alerts last for seven years.
  5. Review your credit reports for any unusual activity. Visit, the government-mandated source for free annual credit reports. Investigate suspicious activity and stay on top of it until the matter is resolved. Also, look for signs of fraud in your medical files, on your Social Security statement, in insurance claims or in public records.
  6. Consider placing a security freeze on your credit report. This may be necessary if you're experiencing fraud as a result of the data breach. A freeze locks access to your credit, so no one will be able to open a new account in your name.
  7. Take action if you receive a data breach notification letter. Follow these tips from IDT911 privacy experts.