At least 500 million Yahoo users had their information stolen in 2014, as reported by the company last week. They’re not alone.
Half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers in 2014, and since then, additional attacks have put even more consumers at risk.
The Takeaway: There are some simple steps you can take to help keep your personal information safe and secure. Here’s just a few:
- Check your account statements for any fraudulent purchases, and consider requesting text alerts for large purchases or withdrawals.
- Review your credit report periodically to reveal any erroneous or harmful information.
- Use different passwords for different accounts; that way, if your Yahoo account is breached, hackers won’t gain access to your bank accounts, personal photos, or credit cards.