Hackers have stolen the data of 500 million Yahoo users in what the internet giant has called a ‘state-sponsored’ cyber-breach.
Personal information such as names, emails, telephone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and ‘unencrypted security questions and answers’ were taken back in 2014 but the hack has only been made public now.
Credit card details were not taken, Yahoo has said. The FBI is investigating the claims, which if verified will be the biggest breach in history.
Yahoo is advising those with a Yahoo account to change their password, especially if they have not done so since 2014.
But many will be wanting to go further than that – and delete their Yahoo accounts entirely. Here’s how in five easy steps.
How to delete your Yahoo account
1) Sign in to your account
If you forgot your password, you’ll obviously need to follow the steps to get a new one.
2) Go to the ‘account termination’ link
To find this, click the ‘Help’ link at the bottom-right corner of the page. Then click on the ‘My Account’ link at the bottom of that help page. Once on the ‘My Account’ page select ‘Register or delete account’, then click ‘closing your Yahoo account’ and click into the ‘account termination’ link from there.
3) re-enter login details
You’ll need to enter your login details again. This is to make sure someone else closing your account for you if you unintentionally left your email open on another computer.
4) Account notification termination
Deleting your Yahoo account will also take away your access to all Yahoo services including Yahoo Mail, Flickr, contacts and others. Obviously make sure you unsubscribe from any paid services before deleting your account otherwise you could still be charged.
5) Re-enter your password
You’ll need to confirm that you want to delete the account by re-entering your password after reading the account notification termination page. You will also need to fill out the CAPTCHA to prove you’re a human. Click yes to delete the account.
It is worth noting that Yahoo will keep your details on file for another 90 days and the deletion process cannot be reversed.