Safety Center: Security

Resources for protecting the security of your information on Yahoo.

Security Resources on Yahoo

Check out these tools for protecting your information both on and off Yahoo. 

  • Protect Your Privacy

    Your password is more than just a key to your online account. Choose strong passwords and keep them safe.

    Using Shared Computers

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    Many of us access the Internet from different locations — a friend's house to check email, an Internet café to check a stock quote, or the library to research a term paper.

    Using Public Networks

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    It's incredibly convenient to be able to use the Internet when you're out and about, but there are some precautions you should take any time you use a network that can also be used by people you don't know and trust.

    Protect Your PC

    Antivirus software can detect many — although not all — forms of malicious software before they have a chance to affect your computer.

    Top Security Tips

    A password is like a toothbrush: Choose a good one, don't share it with anyone, and change it at the first sign of a problem.

    How Can I Prevent Identity Theft?

    Scammers can steal your identity if they get pieces of your personal information. Learn how to protect yourself.

    Do I Need To Back Up My Computer?

    Even if you've taken precautions to protect your computer from malicious software, other potential dangers could harm your data.

    Help! I Think I've Been Phished!

    If you think you've given confidential personal information to a phishing site, then follow these guidelines to help prevent your information from being used illegally.

    Removing Pop-ups, Viruses, Adware, or Spyware

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    Suspect your computer is infected with a virus or other malicious software? Take action.

    Reporting Security Issues on Yahoo

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    There are several ways for you to report security issues on Yahoo.

    Password Tips

    Your password is more than just a key to your online account. If your password falls into the wrong hands, someone can easily impersonate you while online.

    How Can I Identify a Phishing Website or Email?

    If you receive an email (or instant message) from someone you don't know directing you to sign in to a website, be careful! You may have received a phishing email with links to a phishing website.