Protect your Yahoo account
It's important to keep your Yahoo account information private and take steps to prevent others from accessing your account. Safe sign-in methods, up-to-date contact information, and good online habits help keep your account secure and make it easier for you to regain access if you get locked out.
Important: Yahoo will never ask you for your password.
Reduce the risk of unauthorized access to your account by creating a strong password. If the password you choose is too common or simple, it'll be vulnerable to hackers.
There's no better way to protect your account from being compromised than changing your password regularly. Be sure to use a new password each time. And don't use the same password for different websites.
Try using Yahoo Account Key instead of passwords. Find out how to turn on Account Key.
- Be sure your alternate email address and mobile number are up-to-date.
- Add an alternate email address and mobile number to your account.
- Having an alternate email address or mobile number helps us quickly confirm your identity using a verification email or SMS message so you can get back into your account.
If you ever sign in to your Yahoo account from a public computer, it's a good idea to sign out after each session.
Add an extra layer of protection to your Yahoo account with two-step verification. Two-step verification uses both your password and an extra security code (sent to your mobile phone number or email address) to verify your identity whenever you sign in to your account. If someone other than you tries to access your account, even if they guess your password, still wouldn't be able to get in.
Some 3rd party apps, like iOS Mail, Android Mail, and Outlook, don't work with Yahoo two-step verification. To use these apps with your Yahoo account, you'll need to generate an app-specific password.
Periodically check the login activity for your account to make sure you recognize the locations of each sign in. If you see unfamiliar locations and devices, check to make sure that they’re your own. If you think the account was hacked, here's how to secure your account.
The Safety Center has lots more ways to protect your information and stay safe online.