Experienced Technology Entrepreneur
Chief Encouragement Officer

Experienced Technology Entrepreneur
Chief Encouragement Officer

Experienced Technology Entrepreneur
Chief Encouragement Officer

How to see if your email or password was stolen in the massive breach that exposed 773 million accounts

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Curated by Paul Helmick

I’m a Technology CEO and Experienced Entrepreneur. I love helping people use technology to grow their business. 

  • Remember how optimistic we all were that 2019 would be a better year than 2018
  • We’re barely three weeks into the new year and just had one of the biggest data leaks on record
  • A massive database 87GB has been found in hacker forums containing 12,000 files with 2.7 billion records
  • It as 773 million unique email accounts and more than 21 million different passwords
  • Here is how to see if you are among them
  • All of these passwords and emails are logged a well-known site called “Have I Been Pwned”
  • https://haveibeenpwned.com/
  • As the name suggests, the site tracks hacks, leaks, and any other type of breach, allowing users to quickly determine if they might have been exposed
  • Just head to the Have I Been Pwned website and enter your email address in the search box
  • If your account was exposed in this or any other breach, the site will let you know
  •  If it says you have been exposed, you should change the password for your email account immediately
  • You can also search by password to see if passwords that you might use in more than one place (bad)
  • For your main, important accounts today, (bank, email, etc) – You should also enable two-factor authentication whenever possible
  • If you want to take your check-up one step further, you can ee if your password is among the ones stolen in this breach.

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