Tech expert weighs in on Yahoo data breach

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — Michael MacLean works at Kaplan Computers and specializes in internet security, so when his own father called to say his Yahoo account had been hacked, MacLean knew this breach was serious.

“They had all types of customer information that was stolen. Anything from names, email addresses, that were linked to their accounts, security questions and passwords,” MacLean said.

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Yahoo confirmed Thursday that 500 million email accounts have been compromised. That means the hackers can log in and look at all of your sent emails, saved emails, and received emails and any personal information inside them, and MacLean says that’s not all.

“If you’re using that account to use for your mobile banking or Facebook or any other email account, they can then try to go in and login into those accounts and creating fake Facebook accounts and things like that,” he said.

If you do mobile banking, you might want to reach out to your bank and let them know you have been hacked. Let them know the circumstances, because each bank has a different protocol for when this happens, they will know what to do. However at Kaplan Computers, they say the most important thing is to change your password immediately.

“If you don’t like creating a complex password, you can set up what is called a Yahoo account key,” said MacLean.

The key is another layer of security on top of a password, that you can find in the Yahoo settings menu.

“What it does is every time you access your Yahoo account from any device that is connected to the internet, it will push a notification to your phone saying ‘hey this computer at this IP address wants to access your account, you gonna allow me access?,'” added MacLean.

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