Tips for Yahoo! Users
In light of recent news that a Yahoo! service was hacked and some 400,000 usernames and passwords for Yahoo! and other companies were stolen, OnGuardOnline.gov offers the following tips:
If you used your Yahoo! login ID or password for other accounts, change them. Hackers have been known to try IDs and passwords on different websites to gain control of other accounts. In fact, Best Buy and other major retailers have reported an increase in hacks that use login information stolen from other sites. When creating your new password, keep these tips in mind.
When you read your email, consider whether any of the messages could be a phishing scam. Having your stolen information could make it easier for crooks to send emails that appear to be from people or sites you trust. Don’t click on links in unexpected emails. And if you get an email asking you to provide your credit card number or Social Security number — don’t.
Monitor your online retail and financial accounts often. If you see charges you don’t recognize, get in touch with the fraud department of the company or bank right away.
Be sure the information on your credit report is accurate. The law requires the three nationwide consumer reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – to give you a free copy of your credit report every 12 months if you ask for it. Visit AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-322-8228 to order your free copies. To find out how to correct errors, visit ftc.gov/freereports.