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Top Story: Second Yahoo hack fallout - Your data could still be exposed

Top Story: Second Yahoo hack fallout - Your data could still be exposed

The end of the year can't come soon enough for Yahoo. The tech giant has had its fill of terrible news in 2016.

In September, Yahoo confirmed a data breach from 2014 that affected at least 500 million of its users. Then on December 14, it fessed up to another breach that happened in 2013, affecting over 1 billion user accounts. The news just got worse.

In the most recently reported breach, stolen user account information may include email addresses, names, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. At this time it's not believed that the stolen information included passwords in clear text, payment card data, or bank account information.

What makes this breach scary is the fact that you didn't even have to be using Yahoo for your email to have your information potentially stolen. If you use any other Yahoo-owned services, your information may have been exposed.

Yahoo-owned services

Yahoo Mail wasn't the only service that exposed user information in the 2013 data breach. So changing your Yahoo password or closing the account isn't the only thing you need to do. You also need to change your passwords or close your accounts for the associated services.

Here is a list of other Yahoo-owned services:

  • Tumblr - a blogging service.
  • Flickr - a photo sharing site.
  • Yahoo Sports - This is used to play fantasy sports such as football, baseball, basketball and more.
  • Yahoo-branded services - For example, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Shopping, Yahoo Music, etc.
  • Yahoo Smart TV apps - These apps are usually associated with Vizio and Samsung brand smart TVs.

If you have any of these accounts, please review your credentials as soon as possible and secure your account by changing your passwords. Here is how you can do that for each service:

Tumblr

For Tumblr bloggers:

  1. Log in to your Tumblr account.
  2. Click "Settings" under the Account menu at the top of the dashboard.
  3. Update your password in the Password section. Click "Save."

Flickr

For Flickr account holders:

  1. Sign into your account at www.flickr.com.
  2. Click on your profile picture on the top-right corner of your profile page and select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to "Your Yahoo Account" Section and edit your Yahoo password.

Other Yahoo services

For other Yahoo services such as Yahoo Sports or Yahoo Messenger:

  1. Sign into your Yahoo Account Info page.
  2. Find Account Security.
  3. Click Change Password.

On Smart TVs that use Yahoo Apps

  1. Get your account name by going to the "Yahoo! Profile" app on your TV.
  2. Go to a web browser using your "Yahoo! Profile" account, sign into your Yahoo Account Info page.
  3. Find Account Security.
  4. Click Change Password.

With an excessive number of data breaches being reported, you might decide to close your Yahoo account. Here is how to close it:

  • Go to the "Terminating your Yahoo account" page.
  • Read the information under "Before continuing, please consider the following information."
  • Confirm your password - if you forgot your password, you can recover it with the Yahoo Sign-in Helper.
  • Click Terminate this Account.

Remember, if you do close your Yahoo account, you will not be able to use services associated with it. If you decide to keep it, at the very least make sure you have a strong password. Here are three proven formulas for creating hack-proof passwords.

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