Yahoo Mail users victimized by phishing attempts

by Stayci Lewis, Staff Writer 1,944 views1

Several Yahoo Mail users are receiving emails asking users to enter account information.

It’s an email that appears to come from Yahoo itself informing them to take action on an account limit before their accounts are suspended.

Following the warning, there is an option to “click here.” If a user does, it will take them to a mock Yahoo sign in page, which, if signed into, will then automatically store your Yahoo information into a database that hackers have access to.

It has been a recent phenomenon to get your Yahoo Mail account hacked and the advice that has been given to prevent hackers and scamming, has been not to open any emails from unrecognizable senders. However, now, users may be left with a new question, “What if the sender really is Yahoo?”

There are a few ways to help prevent yourself from becoming another phished user:

  1. If by chance you do open the email, immediately change your account password. Even if you input your information into the fraudulent Yahoo sign-in page, this will make that password invalid.
  2. There are options to make your account even more secure, such as, Yahoo’s sign-in seal. Since scammers have found ways to replicate site pages to look exactly like the real deal, the only option has been to check the information in the browser to see if a site is legitimate. However, with Yahoo’s sign-in seal, a user can immediately see whether or not a page is authentic.
  3. Set up a Yahoo second sign in verification. The second sign in verification is where you can have yahoo send a code to your mobile device that you must enter before it allows you to sign in, or it may ask you a security question to verify the user is in fact you. However, this fix may be in issue if your phone dies, so make sure to keep it charged if you choose this option.
  4. There’s no such thing as being “too careful” when it comes to Internet security. Make sure you don’t click on anything that you don’t recognize. You can always do a Google, Bing, or Yahoo search of a certain email message or sender. Chances are if someone is trying to  hack you, then someone else has already experienced it and may have a blog warning others of this Internet tragedy.

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