Everybody’s talking about Collection 1, the breach of 770 million people’s login information discovered by cybersecurity researcher Troy Hunt. Find out whether you should be worried about the breach and what you can do to protect yourself.
Troy hunt runs an excellent online tool called HaveIBeenPwned.com. On his website, you can enter your email address or your password to see if it’s contained in any one of the many breach lists their team has collected. We suggest checking to see if your password or email have been compromised. People generally trust the team behind the website, but it’s always a good idea to take a few safety precautions.
To stay safe while using HaveIBeenPwned.com:
These tools will help ensure that if you enter multiple passwords and email addresses, it will be very difficult to track and identify you. Whether or not you trust the team at HaveIBeenPwned, no site is impossible to hack. Their mission is to make one of the hacking world’s favorite tools useless, so they probably aren’t well-liked by criminal hackers. As such, users of the website could potentially be targeted and tracked as part of a malicious attack on the site. Err on the side of caution.
No worries – the team at HaveIBeenPwned offer excellent advice for what to do if you’re on the list. Read every suggestion they provide you with if you discover that you've been compromised. Step 1, is to change your password for any email addresses that have been compromised or to change your passwords for any of your accounts that used the password on their lists.
The next steps will depend on the type of account that was compromised. If it’s your bank account, call your bank and ask them what they can do to keep your money safe. If it’s your email, check your history for strange messages that may have been part of a scam attack.
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