On Thursday, Yahoo released a statement that usernames and passwords of Yahoo Mail users had been compromised.
Yahoo said that if you were one of the accounts that has potentially had their information stolen, you were prompted to reset you password.
The statement said that they believe the purpose behind the attack was to gain names and e-mail addresses from the affected accounts recent sent folders.
The thought process behind this is to have real names associated with an e-mail address so that hackers could create authentic looking e-mails from other companies.
They said that on top of prompting users to reset passwords they are adding additional verification to accounts, working with federal law enforcement, and implementing “additional measures to block attacks against Yahoo’s systems.”
If that password was used for any other account it is important to change that one as well. Hackers will have access to any e-mailed statements and if the passwords are the same, they may be able to break into other accounts.
To change your Yahoo password, log in to your e-mail account. Look for the gear on the top right and click settings. That will bring up a dialog box with a change password option.
The requirements force you to use a capitol letter, at least eight characters, and numbers.
If you have issues re-setting your password you can contact customer support and they will help you through the process.
Yahoo also said that you should link your account to a mobile phone number so that you may be contacted to verify your identity.