Lessons from Yahoo hack: Simple tips to safeguard your email
Sunday, 19 March 2017 According to U.S. officials who filed charges in a massive Yahoo break-in, Russian hackers didn't have to work very hard to break into people's email accounts, even those belonging to government officials or powerful executives. Many online break-ins result when people have reused a password across, say, their email, social and financial accounts. If you can't be bothered to do more, this is a base level of security that can help shield you from the most obvious threats. Some web browsers such as Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome also have built-in password managers; these work if you switch devices, but not if you switch browsers. The next line of defense is two- or multifactor authentication, which asks users to enter a second form of identification, such as a code texted to their phone, when they log in. According to the indictment, the Russian hackers searched email accounts for keywords like "passwords" to find people's passwords for other accounts. [...] think twice before you use common key words that can serve as a road map to sensitive information for hackers.