Linked – Millions of accounts for webmail providers leaked: Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and more
“Several high-profile email providers have been the subject of a leak of user account information, which includes usernames, email addresses and unencrypted passwords. The leak involves multiple services; popular names such as: Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and Mail.ru.
The security firm that discovered the breach, Hold Security, believes that many of the accounts involved in this leak have not been previously leaked. According to its analysis there are over 272 million unique email and unencrypted password pairs, where 42.5 million have not been previously leaked.”
If you don’t already have two-factor authorization for these email services enabled, go change your password, cool?
Millions of accounts for webmail providers leaked: Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and more
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Can you recommend a novice-friendly way for us laypeople to set up two-factor authorization? Or, is that a “don’t try this at home” situation?
It’s actually really simple, at least with gmail which is the one I use. Basically what happens is you give them your cell phone number, and any time a new device tries to login to Gmail, they send you a text message with a code. You have to enter the code before you can get in the account. On your own computers, they will recheck every 30 days or so. https://www.google.com/landing/2step/#tab=how-it-works
Thank you, Mike McBride.
Good time to change your password!
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