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Saturday 1st of October 2022

How to check if your Password Has Been Leaked?


Hacks and data breaches have become a part of the life. Password leaks are so dangerous because many people use the  same password in multiple accounts.  Crackers can then use this email/password combination to gain access to your email account. Even if you use a different password for your email account, they may try the email or account name and password combination on other websites to gain access to your other accounts.

If  you want to know whether your account information was leaked,  there are some tools you can use. 

1. Check with Have I been PWNED website

Have I been PWNED website introduced in December 2013. With 150,000 visitors every day, three million email subscribers and details of more than 9 billion compromised accounts it is, by far, the biggest and most popular way to find out if your password has been stolen. You start by simply entering your email address or username, and within seconds details of any data breaches that your credentials were stolen in will appear. 

2. Check with Personal Data Leak Checker 

Free online tool  it scans a collection of 988 million leaked passwords. Enter the password you want to check in the search bar. Your password won’t save in this tool. The search results will show how many times the password was found in leaked databases.

3. Check with Password Checkup by Google 

Password Checkup helps you rescue accounts that were affected by data breaches.Wherever you sign-in, if you enter a username and password that is no longer safe due to appearing in a data breach known to Google, you’ll receive an alert. Please reset your password. If you use the same username and password for any other accounts, please reset your password there as well.

4. Check with Inoitsu Email Address Breach Analysis

Use this free service to see if an email address is in any hacked data from known breaches. Get a summary of what specific information may be at risk, critical personal identity alerts, a relative exposure rating and more. Results are shown immediately – no verification, upgrades or extra steps required. Email addresses are not saved after analysis. 

Conclusion

The most important thing you can do is to not reuse passwords, at least for important websites. Your email, online banking, shopping, social media, business, and other critical accounts should all have their own unique passwords, so a leak by one website doesn’t put any other accounts at risk. Password managers help make strong unique passwords possible, ensuring you don’t have to remember a hundred different passwords.


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