Secure Yahoo Mail with two step verification

Many of you might have received mail from Yahoo with subject “Important security information for Yahoo users” containing details about hacking that stole your information in August 2013.

What information was involved?

The stolen user account information may have included

  • names
  • email addresses
  • telephone numbers
  • dates of birth
  • hashed passwords (using MD5)

and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Not all of these data elements may have been present for your account. The investigation indicates that the stolen information did not include passwords in clear text form.

Now to secure your account all you need to do is to login to your Yahoo account with your correct password and change that with new password.

Once you have changed the password you can add extra security by enabling two step verification.

Click on your mail id on right top and then click on account info. You’ll be presented with set of options like the screenshot below. Choose Account security and add the mobile number if you’ve still not added one.

yahoo mail safety two step verification

Once Mobile is added you can enable two step verification. With this you’ll receive a One Time Code whenever you login to your yahoo account from a new unknown machine. You can send verification code to your mobile and enter that to access your mail inbox.

yahoo two step verification

This way no body can login to your Yahoo mail account even if hacked your userid & password. Two step verification keeps your mail account & private data most secured.

Apple AA Rechargeable Batteries replacement or alternative

If you think Apple invented the AA Rechargeable Batteries may be you should pay attention to following pictures. Apple is always so particular to mention their brand representation and information about their creativity. How did they miss out on these batteries ?

Size AA Ni-MH Min 1900 mAh 1.2V HR6
Do not dispose of in fire or short circuit. Charge only with an Apple specified charger. Made in Japan. Apple brand is conveniently or intentionally being missed here.

Apple Rechargeable AA Batteries

Apple brand is accurately covered on the charger but not on the batteries.

Apple AA Battery Charger

Battery Charger. Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.
Model A1360. For use with NiMH Batteries. TM and © 2010 Apple Inc.

All rights reserved. U20020EA. Input: 100-240V~0.16A 50-60Hz
Output 2.0V ~=~ `.0A LPS

ITE Batter Charger Accessory 72PK E207236.

The fact is Apple invented the sleek light weight elegant looking safer Charger, but they did not venture into the batteries. Apple actually unbranded the Panasonic / SANYO eneloop AA Batteries and bundled these with Apple AA charger. Apple has now discontinued both the products from their store as new Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse or Trackpad has inbuilt Lithium ion Battery and charges with Lightening cable.

In case if your Apple Rechargeable Batteries are worn out and looking for perfect replacement you can order Panasonic eneloop upto 2000 mAh capacity batteries. These are the perfect ones which were re-packaged by Apple.

Panasonic Eneloop AA Batteries pack of 4

Panasonic eneloop Batteries. Ready to use rechargeable battery. As per the energy specifications these batteries perfectly fit in Apple wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse or Trackpad. Apple Battery Charger also shows appropriate light of Amber while charging and green when completely charged. Why Apple choose Panasonic / SANYO eneloop batteries ? because they perform much better than any other re-chargeable batteries. They have low self discharge & capacity retention of 70% even after 5 years. Recharge upto 2100 times though some conditions apply to these claims.

This pack of 4 batteries costs Rs.1000 in India but you can order these from Amazon for only Rs.750. No shipping charge.

Apple AA Batteries Panasonic Sanyo eneloop AA Batteries

Panasonic / SANYO eneloop AA Rechargeable batteries in Apple Charger.

eneloop Batteries in Apple Charger

Panasonic BK-3MCCE Ni-MH. 1.2V min.1900 mAh (HR6) AA Battery. Made in Japan by Panasonic Corporation.

eneloop Batteries in Apple Charger

Panasonic eneloop batteries in Apple Magic Mouse works perfectly

eneloop Batteries in Apple Magic Mouse