Choosing a Secure Online ID

Everyone using Yahoo! should create a Yahoo! ID — a unique user name that gives access to the many products that Yahoo! offers.

Online IDs often say something about the people behind them, so think twice about what

you’re willing to share with the world. For example, the name "Butterflyfan" says that the person likes butterflies. No problem! That makes it harder for a random stranger to pick out one fan of butterflies from the millions of others online. But the name "Butterflies4Jane" is less safe. It gives strangers your name, which they could use to start a conversation and pretend they know you.


Play it safe and leave out this personal information:

  • First and last name
  • Address
  • Phone numbers
  • Employer or school name
  • The names of family members

Instead, try IDs with these kinds of words:

  • Colors – blueskies123, purplepassion
  • Animals – leapinglizard, flyinghorse
  • Music – yourguitarhero, drummrfan1
  • Sports – soccerchamp, swimrunbike
  • Games – vidgamesrule, chessking

Think twice about posting a photo of yourself as your online display image, icon, ID, or profile image. Photos can clearly identify people and even their whereabouts. If you have a photo of yourself wearing your hometown team's jersey, for example, or sitting at a favorite restaurant, strangers could find you in real life.

Remember that you want an online ID and image that are not too revealing but still fun to use on Yahoo!.

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