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As you have probably seen on the news, Yahoo is reporting that in 2014 they were hacked and 500,000,000 accounts were compromised. The hackers got email addresses, account holders' real names, dates of birth and passwords, and other information. While it HAS been two years, there are still some steps you might take to protect yourself.
We all are at risk from these types of hack. You may have already been hacked and not know it. To protect your self from this point forward, the following for all your online sites.
First, change your passwords. Next, erase your security questions, so someone who has the information can't pretend to be you and change the password by using your old security questions.
A couple of good ideas are to first use a different password for each site/account. While this sounds overwhelming, it is not too hard. Here's how you do it. Develop a password "formula", so that you can remember the various passwords. Something like a "root" string of numbers, letters, and characters, then a system of other characters that are site specific. So if you are a wine lover, your root might be W1n3@ux (wineaux, get it?). Add to that a few characters for your site. If it's your email account it might be EML.
Finally, and this is most important, you will want to change your password on a regular basis. Being mildly paranoid, I change mine every 90 days, so I add a final string to the password. If you changed them this month the string might be SEP16. So the full password might be W1n3@uxEMLSEP16. The next site password would be W1n3@ux???SEP16, where the question marks represent the site. This way, all you really need to keep track of are your site abbreviations, and when you last changed passwords.
I hope you find this useful.