After scrolling through my subscriptions on Feedly, the article I chose this week is from FishbowlNY. Yahoo revealed that hackers stole data from 500 million users back in 2014, yet the hack was reported just a few days ago. The article was very brief and to the point, although it left me feeling uncertain.
I’m very cautious when revealing information online (address, phone number, birthday) because although websites say they are secure, I never fully trust that they are. I believe that 9 times out of 10, when a website is hacked and information is stolen, it goes unreported so users won’t feel insecure when revealing personal information. Hence the situation Yahoo is currently in.
My favorite (sarcasm) piece of the article is the final paragraph: “If you are a Yahoo user, it’s time to change that password and any other password that’s remotely similar to your Yahoo one. Then cross your fingers and hope for the best.” How touching. I believe Yahoo owes present and future users an explanation regarding their website security.