Residents who use Yahoo Mail are being encouraged by the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs to take action to secure their online accounts following the announcement last month of a massive breach.
During the last two weeks of September, Yahoo announced that at least 500 million user accounts had been compromised.
An investigation by Yahoo following suspicions of an attack in July uncovered a far larger, allegedly state-sponsored attack in recent weeks, according to the Associated Press.
“We take these types of breaches very seriously and will determine how this occurred and who is responsible,” the FBI said in a statement last week.
Given the importance most people place on protecting personal information, the Department of Consumer Affairs is encouraging Yahoo Mail users to take action by following several tips, said Megan Stockhausen, communications coordinator with the agency.
Review them carefully and notify the financial institution/provider as soon as an unauthorized or suspicious item is spotted.
A fraud alert and security freeze are free security measures for a credit report. A fraud alert tells a business accessing the report to take extra steps to verify that the person holding the account is the one seeking its goods/services.
When a security freeze is in place, no one can access the report without the account holder approving it.
Stockhausen said these tips can help anyone trying to secure any personal online information.