Back in 2014, Yahoo came under fire from the public as they were suspected to have had their servers breached, leaking half a billion email addresses and other sensitive information. These types of attacks from hackers are not unheard of but one of this magnitude is rare, especially from corporations who spend millions of dollars on security.
“A recent investigation by Yahoo has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor.”
Verizon interviewed an American who offers communications and telecommunications products and services, and they told the BBC that it only learned of the hack this week, which could impact the potential $4.8b deal they were working out with Yahoo. In a press release by Yahoo it also stated.
“Online intrusions and thefts by state-sponsored actors have become increasingly common across the technology industry. Yahoo and other companies have launched programs to detect and notify users when a company strongly suspects that a state-sponsored actor has targeted an account. Since the inception of Yahoo’s program in December 2015, independent of the recent investigation, approximately 10,000 users have received such a notice.”
An incident like this shows how valuable email address are, think of them as your online ID card, phone number and one-click access to such sites as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media.
Here are five tips to keep your email address safe.
1. Change your password regularly!
Something as small as changing your password every 30-60 days can keep you up to 30% safer.
2, Get a two-step authentication app.
Most major social media sites now offer a two-step verification sign in process now, making sure your account has an extra wall of protection is a very good way to keep safe.
3. Create a second or third email address and use them as spares if you need to sign up to a website or server that is known for spamming.
4. Keep your signing into services – with your email – to a limit whilst connected to public or unknown wifi hotspots.
5. Don’t give your details away in a response email!
Most companies will contact you with an email with a title “DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL”, fraudulent sites will subtly ask you for them all.