Yahoo Passwords Stolen

July 13, 2012

Recently 450,000 yahoo passwords were stolen. If you use Yahoo Mail or any other Yahoo Services, you should go change your password ASAP. Here’s how.

First, go to

At the top of the page, if it says “Sign in”, then click “Sign In” to sign into your Yahoo account. If it says “Hi, <your name>” then you are already signed in.

If you can’t sign in, your account may already be compromised. If that’s the case, click on the “I can’t access my account” link to try and recover your account.

Now hold your mouse pointer over where it says “Hi, <your name>” and you will get a pop-up menu. Click on account info in the pop-up menu.

You may have to enter your password.

On the next page you will want to click on “Change your password” so that you can change your password. When you change your password, be sure to use a strong password. A strong password should contain at least 3 of the following 4 elements. Use all 4 for the strongest password:

  1. Upper case letter(s). Example: ABCDE

  2. Lower case letter(s). Example: abcde

  3. Number(s). Example: 12345

  4. Symbol(s). Example: !@#$%

In addition, the longer your password is, the harder it is for someone to crack. Of course you don’t want to make it too long since it would be a pain to type it in. I recommend that your password be at least 8 characters long.

A good idea for password creation is to use two words that are unrelated. Separate the two words with either a symbol or a number. Some symbols make good substitutes for other letters. For example, you can substitute an ‘@’ for the letter ‘A’. An exclamation point can look like an ‘L’ or an ‘I’. The number one looks like an ‘L’ or an ‘I’ as well. The number ‘3’ looks like a backwards ‘E’. The number ‘9’ looks kind of like the letter ‘G’. The number zero looks like the letter ‘O’. Some good symbols to use to separate words include the dash ‘-’, the equal sign ‘=’, and the plus sign ‘+’.

Here’s are some examples of strong passwords:

0range4Drill     Flower-Engage72     B!9BadButterfly    There#Their9    4Sc0reBOO!

All of the password examples above are strong passwords because they have all 4 of the elements in the list above. Now don’t go using any of the passwords above. Think of your own unique password. Find one that isn’t too hard for you to type in. If you can’t seem to find something that you can type easily, then try a pattern password. Something like: ASDasd123!@#    That password looks complicated, but it’s easy to type in because you just type asd once with shift held down and again without holding shift. Then you type 123 without holding the shift key down and then type it again holding the shift key down.

While you are updating your Yahoo password, you should also “Update password-reset info”. In this area you can give a secondary email address that can be used to recover your password, should someone change it. You can also put in a mobile number that can be used to recover your password should someone change it.

You should also change your secret questions. If someone did get into your account, they could see what your secret questions are and then get in anytime they wanted even if you changed your password.

If someone got your Yahoo password, they could go into these same pages, change the password, change the security questions, and change all of the password recovery options and you would not be able to recover your account. Most spammers don’t bother doing this. They just get your password and start sending spam. But some do take the time to do this so it could happen to you. That’s why it is so important that you change your Yahoo password ASAP.

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