Identity Theft Expert Discusses How to Protect your Email & Identity Following Yahoo! Data Breach

500 Million Yahoo! User Accounts Were Hacked In 2014
Effrin Reeder, Spokesperson for IDShield & Director of the Identity Theft & Breach Notification (ITBN) practice at Kroll

(Ada, OK, Tuesday, September 27, 2916) - Yahoo! just announced that a hacker accessed data on 500 million Yahoo! user accounts in 2014. The data includes account holder names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, dates of birth, telephone numbers and, in some cases, security questions and answers. Based on the data exposed, IDShield has tips for anyone whose ever had a Yahoo! account, including:

  • Change your account password even if Yahoo! doesn’t prompt you to do so.
  • Choose new security questions and answers for your Yahoo! account, and any other accounts on which you used the same or similar questions/answers.
  • Be wary if you get odd email messages from a friend with a Yahoo! email account as it might be that their account was taken over by a scammer.
  • Be wary of email even if it looks legitimate. Scammers can copy logos and mask the sender's address to appear to be from a trusted person or business.
  • Be suspicious if you get a call from Yahoo!. They will not. Understand that caller id can be masked to appear to be a call from someone or some business familiar to you.

Effrin Reeder has been in this field for nearly 10 years leading teams that facilitate the response for nearly 1,500 data breaches. Some additional tips include:

  • Consider using Yahoo Account Key instead of a password.
  • Think about what you are asked for before providing your sensitive personal information when responding to an email or clicking on a link in an email. 
  • If your Yahoo account included a backup email address, which you used the same password on as your Yahoo account, then change the password for the backup email account as well.

LegalShield is one of the nation’s leading providers of legal safeguards. Its identity theft plan, IDShield, monitors consumers’ identities, including their Social Security Number, credit cards, and bank accounts; as well as their names, address, date of birth, driver’s license and passport numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, and medical identification numbers. 

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