Today we will give you some additional instructions for how you can protect your accounts from having passwords compromised;
The passwords they can never be 100% secure and there's always the risk of them being leaked through direct attacks on your accounts or some large-scale breach of online services that store user data. This is why users are advised to take advantage of password managers as well as two-factor authentication apps (2FA).
However, with data breaches happening every now and then and hackers taking advantage of them to sell compromised login data on Dark Web marketplaces, you should definitely check if any of your passwords have been stolen. In this article we will give you some additional instructions on how to do this.
Head over to Have I Been Pwned
The Have I Been Pwned is a trusted site created on 2013 by Troy Hunt, regional director and Microsoft MVP. He is popular in the cybersecurity world for exposing data breaches and educating technology professionals.
It has information about approx 11 billion compromised accounts, and with the tools it has on its page, is the most popular way to find out if your password is still safe or if it has been compromised by a hacker.
Using this service is very easy. Just visit the official website Have I Been Pwned in your favorite browser on your smartphone or computer, and enter your email address or phone number (with country code). Within seconds, it will return to you all available information about any breaches of your data, and whether the passwords you use on your accounts have been compromised.
The Have I Been Pwned has some other great tools to make sure your passwords are safe. For example, his password check allows users to enter their passwords directly to check if they have been compromised. Also, you can check the security of all e-mail messages associated with your e-mail with a single click using the service Domain search (Domain Search).
His page Have I Been Pwned it is safe to use and the corresponding passwords are not stored in the database, reducing the risk of further breach.
Use password managers
Password managers are the best way to protect your online accounts for many reasons. They suggest and store security codes in encrypted databases, ensuring you don't have to repeat or remember a code. But many good password managers also allow you to check the status of your passwords if they are secure or compromised.
The Google Password Manager for example, it has a special password check function to diagnose problems with the passwords you use to access the accounts you have on various websites. Go to Chrome Settings > Privacy & Security > Manage Passwords > Check passwords . Another option is the Dashlane, which provides monitoring if the passwords you use are safe from the dark web.
Another notable password manager is the 1Password, which automatically performs background checks on your passwords, and warns you of potential risks and breaches. This is due to the built-in function Watchtower which features, which runs on Pwned Passwords API. When there is a report of a new security breach and it is added to the database of Have I Been Pwned, once any of your passwords are found to be exposed to such a breach, you will be notified immediately.
Inspect your accounts for suspicious activity
Password managers and tools like Have I Been Pwned, are suitable for recording account breaches before that breach escalates further. However, most of the social media accounts you maintain regularly send information about your activity, and may help you uncover potential breach risks.
Google, for example, notifies you of any password change attempted by you or another hacker. It also notifies you when an unknown device connects to your account. You should always check all such emails you receive for potential risks and breaches of your account, and take immediate action where necessary before it is too late.
The Google Chrome it has many security and privacy features. If you use Google's Chrome as your default browser, pay attention to pop-ups with alerts it gives you when you enter your passwords online. That's because the app can use a database of billions of reported breaches to warn you of the risks you're running as soon as you attempt to connect to a website.
Secure your accounts and passwords
All of the methods mentioned in this article are great for checking the security of your passwords, but they're not foolproof — and they don't take into account all the parameters of your risks. This is because they rely on existing databases of known and validated breach files.
Naturally, however, there can be no protection against various other risks not mentioned. Therefore, this implies that you should take as many precautions as possible to minimize the chances of your personal data being leaked and your online accounts being compromised. A great way to get more protection from these risks is to use one of the best password managers on a list published by Android Police.
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