How to find out if your password has been stolen

password breach

With the advancement in technology, both pros and cons come in handy. Pros being higher in number takes the upper hand but cons are still enough in number to effect an individual’s life. One such con is breaching of password i.e. stealing the password or having your personal information over the internet. Your social sites, emails, etc. anything and everything can be mishandled by a hacker. It can also cause trouble if a password gets leaked. Large Data beaches happen often leading to problems.

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It is necessary to secure your accounts with a password and two-factor authentication. But it is possible that even your service was hacked so to find out here are some tools which are in use:

Have I Been Pawned

HaveIBeenPawned.com is one of the online repository of email addresses that were publicly disclosed after getting breached.  You just need to enter your email address and this too will inform if it was in the connection of data breaches record. Moreover the too also allows you to know if your password was stolen and was in the collection of data that were publicly disclosed. But this too doesn’t say the site where the data was found because it would be easy then to unite the username and password that has not been changed.

Password Checkup Chrome Extension

When a user uses the Password Checkup Chrome Extension it checks the password entered against the known data breaches. The tool doesn’t give Google your password but notifies you to change the password if it’s too old.

Password Managers

Password Managers such as Editor’s Choice Keeper and Dashlane checks the email and password entered against the known data breaches. The password manager shows you if your details where there in the data breaches and allows you to change the password and username to keep your account secure.

Login History

If you have doubt of someone accessing your account many offers a feature of Login History. Many sites like Google, Facebook allows you to see the number of logins made and the attempts to log into your account. It also shows that where the trial was made. You can check out the history of you doing of someone using your account. Just sign out of all the sessions and change the password if you notice any strange activity in your account. The motive you should activate the two-factor authentication that helps to cut the chances of someone again getting into your account even after having the password.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

You can yourself have a look at the data breaches which this tool from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. You can search for companies to see if they suffered breaching. You can also subscribe to breaches to check when the new ones happen. If you notice strange behaviour in your account it’s no wonder to check when the company was last breached and since when your account was active.

What to do when we’re hacked?

To be honest our government knows what is happening rather they know too much. You can check whether you are being affected. You are one in a million yet you can get the effect. You should not think that your antivirus protects you from such breaches.

Sometimes you can request for the option to reset the password by giving answers to some simple security questions. Moreover, to increase the protection and security, you should use advanced settings. Also, you shouldn’t fill up forms providing any information beyond need. Your social life privacy is your responsibility.

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4 Responses

  1. aksh says:

    thanks for info

  2. yug says:

    really relevant info ..thanks

  3. philip007 says:

    I’ll surely take some relevant steps now. Thanks for the useful information @nethead.

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