Why you should change your Yahoo password and how to do it

Do you now, or have you ever, had a Yahoo email?

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I have seen a lot of my senior citizen clients who have Yahoo email accounts. Even if you had one in the past twenty years and didn’t actually close it, you need to go in and change your password for Yahoo. Why?  Because hackers, two years ago, hacked Yahoo and stole things like usernames, passwords, dates of birth, security questions and possibly more.

But they stole it two years ago, isn’t it too late?  Yes and No.  Yes, it was two years ago – but we just found out because it was just recently for sale on the black market on the internet.  Here’s the problem with that … are you bad about using different passwords for different websites?  Have you used the same password for things like Ebay, Amazon, Facebook?  If a hacker has your email and password for Yahoo, they can easily try it with other websites. As a matter of fact, it’s easy enough to write a simple program that runs all those emails and passwords against the databases of all the popular websites out there.  Even though they didn’t get credit card information this time from Yahoo, it doesn’t mean they can’t steal it if they use your information from Yahoo to log into other websites where you HAVE purchased things!

So now it’s time to get to work!  Make sure you create a “strong” password.  Here’s some tips on things to do and not to do:

  • Use at least 12 characters.  Ok I know each of you are saying “But 12 characters are too hard to remember!”  Welllll…. they are also harder to hack!  There is hope though.  There’s a thing called a “Password Manager” that can help you remember all your passwords for all your websites.  Try Dashlane for a good free one.
  • Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters.  Mix and match these. They help make your password harder to crack!
  • Isn’t a dictionary word
  • Do not use combinations of things common in your world.  Your address is 456 My Street Lane and your dogs name is Shaggy. Do not make your password 456Shaggy thinking you are being clever.  You aren’t. Get the idea?

Now, here’s how you change your password in four easy steps:

  1. Click on that gear looking icon by your name and go to Account Info
  2. Click on Account Security
  3. Click on Change Password
  4. Change your password to your strong password using the tips above.

You are done!

 

 

Feel free to contact me at TheSeniorTutor@gmail.com or call me at 937.550.3234 if you have any trouble changing your password!  The Senior Tutor