Every week, it seems like I’m covering another story about a major company leaking passwords online. Data leaks are becoming worryingly common – even among major websites like Yahoo and LinkedIn.
With all these data leaks, millions of passwords and email combinations have been leaked onto the internet. And if you’re like most people, then you use the same email and password combination for basically every website.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to tell if your password has been leaked online.
How to use a free service called PwnedList to check if your personal data has been stolen
–Click here to visit a website called PwnedList. PwnedList is a cool service which keeps track of all email addresses and passwords that have been leaked online. PwnedList keeps track of shady internet databases so you don’t have to.
-Enter your email address into PwnedList to see if it’s been compromised
-Enter your password into PwnedList to see if it’s been compromised
If either your email address or password (or worst case scenario, both) have been compromised, then you need to take immediate action. Change passwords on all your accounts and consider switching to a new email address. Closely monitor your bank account and credit cards for any suspicious transactions and consider getting a credit check to see if your identity has been stolen.
How to remember different passwords for every account
Instead of learning a bunch of memorization tricks for all the accounts you need to juggle, use a service like LastPass or KeePass, both of which store passwords in incredibly secure locations. You can store passwords to all your accounts using each of these services, making it easy to prevent all your online accounts from being compromised with one unfortunate data leak.
The best part about LastPass and KeePass is that you don’t ever have to enter passwords again on any device – both these services automatically input your username, email, and password into any site you visit – whether you’re on your mobile phone, your PC, or your tablet. It’s pretty slick.
In the last year alone, private user information on popular websites like LinkedIn, Yahoo, Last.fm, eHarmony, and thousands of other websites has been linked online. From online games to dating websites, very few websites can claim to have never experienced a data leak. By following the steps listed above, you can check if your email has been compromised – and what you should do if it has.