Find out if you’ve been hacked!
Are you worried that your login details might have been hacked or released as part of a data breach?
As the scale and frequency of hacks and data breaches increases, every company and every individual needs to be aware of whether or not their details have been hacked and their data vulnerable.
One of the most concerning aspects of data breaches is that many people aren’t aware that they might have already been hacked and that their data is already at risk! How?
How many online accounts have you created?
Think of all of the accounts you have created over the years. Accounts for hotels, apps, airlines, wifi networks, social media platforms, ecommerce websites – the list goes on and on.
You can’t protect the passwords and login information that you use for these accounts. Once they’re in the company’s databases, you’re relying on their cyber security to protect your information.
What if you have used the same email address and password for multiple accounts and one of them is hacked? Suddenly, they’re all vulnerable.
For instance, when the Q&A website Quora suffered a data breach last year, up to 100 million users’ personal data was released, including names, email addresses, passwords and direct messages.
Imagine if you had a Quora account and you used the same email address and password for your Q&A account as your work email account. Well then your company email account, and by extension, your entire company is wide open to attacks.
To minimise your risk of being hacked, it’s important to react quickly whenever there is a data breach to make sure that your details haven’t been included.
Find out if you’ve been hacked
Now there are free online services that you can use to find out if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach. And, if they have, you can take steps to protect yourself.
These sites allow you to securely search through all of the data that has been released by hacks and breaches and verify whether or not your details have been included. If it has been, then you’re at risk of being hacked and you need to change your passwords and/or usernames.
Have I Been Pwned?
Have I Been Pwned is one of the most popular and longest standing websites that allow you to do this check. This site, run by Troy Hunt, tracks down breaches, verifies them and compiles the information released in a Windows Azure table for everyone to search to find out if they are vulnerable.
It’s an easy service to use, simply visit https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and enter your email address or username. The website will search the breached data and inform you of any instances that your details have been included in.
To run more detailed searches, the site will ask you to verify your email address.
Protect yourself from data breaches
Here are a couple of ways to help keep yourself protected from getting hacked following data breaches like these, and minimise the damage of potential hacks:
- Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your accounts whenever possible.
- Use a different, complex password for every account you create. You should consider using a password manager such as LastPass. We don’t have a preferred password manager service but there are a number of free options available.
For a more complete checklist on data security, click the on the image below: