Was your information exposed in the Yahoo data breach? Change your Yahoo password right away. Then, check out this new data breach video from the FTC.
The video walks you through the steps to take if your information was part of a data breach:
Visit IdentityTheft.gov/databreach to get detailed advice, based on the type of information exposed.
If the breached company offers you free credit monitoring, take advantage of it.
Consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze.
What if your online login or password was exposed? IdentityTheft.gov/databreach covers all that and more. For an online login or password – Log in to your account and change your password. If you use the same password other places, change those too. Don’t forget to change those security questions too.
According to Yahoo, the breached information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, passwords, and security questions. Yahoo believes this information was stolen in late 2014. So, if you had a Yahoo account on or before 2014, you could be affected. Yahoo will be sending notification to affected users by email. Yahoo’s message will not ask you to click on a link or give any personal information.
If you’d like more information about the Yahoo data breach – including how to recognize whether a breach notification email claiming to be from Yahoo is legitimate – visit Yahoo’s Account Security Issues FAQs.
If you learn that someone has misused your personal information, go to IdentityTheft.gov to report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan. Because recovering from identity theft – and data breaches – is easier with a plan.