Protect your Yahoo account
Important: Yahoo will never ask you for your password.
Stop using passwords
Using Account Key lets you access your account without having to remember another password. Find out how to turn on Account Key.
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.
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, they wouldn't be able to get in.
Continue using passwords
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.
- Add an alternate email address and mobile number to your account.
- Be sure your alternate email address and mobile number are up-to-date.
- Delete your security questions if they haven't been removed automatically.
- 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.
Whichever you use, keep your account safe
If you ever sign in to your Yahoo account from a public computer, it's a good idea to sign out after each session.
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.