Login information of more than 450,000 Yahoo users was hacked and posted online in a warning to the site. The hack, which of course was conducted anonymously, was meant to be a warning, according to the Web page where the documents were dumped.
Security firm TrustedSec has found that more than 450,000 passwords have been exposed after a successful hack into Yahoo’s Voices website, the Guardian reports. Voices, formerly known as Associated Content before being purchased by Yahoo in 2010, is a news and analysis site that relies on user-generated content. The big problem with this particular hack, the Guardian says, is that “the passwords for the accounts were not encrypted — meaning that any hacker could scoop up the emails and immediately start using them against other services, including Yahoo Mail.”
Many people got a confirmation message from Yahoo, which saying: “You may have read in press reports that Yahoo! recently confirmed an older file containing approximately 450,000 email addresses and passwords—provided by writers who had joined Associated Content prior to May 2010—was publicly posted on the Internet. This file was a standalone file that was not used to grant access to Yahoo! systems and services. This message is being sent to an email address in this compromised file………”
15 tips from McAfee to keep your passwords safe:
1.Make sure you use different passwords for each of your accounts.
2.Be sure no one watches when you enter your password.
3.Always log off if you leave your device and anyone is around—it only takes a moment for someone to steal or change the password.
4.Use comprehensive security software and keep it up to date to avoid keyloggers (keystroke loggers) and other malware.
5.Avoid entering passwords on computers you don’t control (like computers at an Internet café or library)—they may have malware that steals your passwords.
6.Avoid entering passwords when using unsecured Wi-Fi connections (like at the airport or coffee shop)—hackers can intercept your passwords and data over this unsecured connection.
7.Don’t tell anyone your password. Your trusted friend now might not be your friend in the future. Keep your passwords safe by keeping them to yourself.
8.Depending on the sensitivity of the information being protected, you should change your passwords periodically, and avoid reusing a password for at least one year.
9.Do use at least eight characters of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols in your password. Remember, the more the merrier.
10.Strong passwords are easy to remember but hard to guess. Iam:)2b29! — This has 10 characters and says “I am happy to be 29!” I wish.
11.Use the keyboard as a palette to create shapes. %tgbHU8*- Follow that on the keyboard. It’s a V. The letter V starting with any of the top keys. To change these periodically, you can slide them across the keyboard. Use W if you are feeling all crazy
12.Have fun with known short codes or sentences or phrases. 2B-or-Not_2b? —This one says “To be or not to be?”
13.It’s okay to write down your passwords, just keep them away from your computer and mixed in with other numbers and letters so it’s not apparent that it’s a password.
14.You can also write a “tip sheet” which will give you a clue to remember your password, but doesn’t actually contain your password on it. For example, in the example above, your “tip sheet” might read “To be, or not to be?”
15.Check your password strength. If the site you are signing up for offers a password strength analyzer, pay attention to it and heed its advice.
Yahoo start asking security question, while you go for login into your yahoo accounts and force for changing existing password. So reset your password with strong and strengthen password with above tips.