Recently Yahoo! has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. It has reported that millions of Yahoo! accounts have been hacked. They first said that more than 500 million accounts had been compromised. Even before we could come to terms of the massive hacking, they have now reported that 1 billion Yahoo accounts have been hacked.

Has your Yahoo! account also been hacked? You must ensure that everything is all right. Luckily, it’s easy to find out whether your account has been compromised or not. You can clean up the entire data and set strong passwords. But in case, you no longer want to have the account, you can completely shut it down. Let’s find out!

How to Delete Yahoo Data and Completely Shut Down Account

How to Delete Yahoo! Data and Complete Eliminate Account

How to Recognize Whether Your Yahoo! Account has been Hacked or Not

Following are Signs that will confirm that your account has been hacked:

  • If you are not receiving any emails.
  • If your Yahoo! Mail is sending spam to your contacts.
  • If your account info or settings were changed without your knowledge.
  • If you see your logins from unexpected locations on your recent activity page.

How to Secure your Yahoo Account

There are two easy ways you can secure your Yahoo account.

Make sure update your password and recovery info. Make sure to enter very strong passwords. (Go to the Yahoo Account Info page → Menu icon → Account Security → Change Password)

Make sure to review your Yahoo Mail Settings.

How to Delete Yahoo! Account

  • It takes about 90 days for the deletion process to complete.
  • In case you want to eliminate your data from Yahoo’s servers quickly, you need to delete your Yahoo! emails, Flickr photos, Yahoo! Contacts along with other important things.
  • Yahoo! says some of your information “might possibly remain” in its records even after you have eliminated your account. If you want to know more about what data could be left behind even after you have deleted your account, go to Yahoo!’s Data Storage and Anonymization support page.

Step #1. Open any web browser and go to Yahoo’s Terminating your Yahoo! Account page.

Step #2. Next, you need to log in with your Yahoo! account.

Log in with your Yahoo account

Step #3. Now, you need to type in your passwords to confirm your identity.

Type in your passwords to confirm your identity

Step #4. Now, you have to type in the CAPTCHA code to confirm your humanity.

Type in the CAPTCHA code to confirm your humanity

Step #5. Click on YES to delete your Yahoo! account.

Click on YES to delete your Yahoo account

Following is the data that will be deleted from your account.

  • Yahoo! ID (which could, in the future, be claimed by someone else)
  • Yahoo! Mail data
  • Yahoo! Address Book data
  • Yahoo! Small Business data
  • Yahoo! GeoCities data
  • Yahoo! Briefcase data
  • My Yahoo! data
  • HotJobs data
  • Flickr account (including photo library, stats, and metadata)

Once you have successfully deleted the account, you will see the confirmation page.

That’s it!

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