Have I Been Pwned? is the go-to website for people to check if their personal data has been compromised by a data breach. It was built by Troy Hunt on the heels of the Adobe breach where he saw the same accounts and passwords being hacked repeatedly. To use this, simply go to https://haveibeenpwned.com/, enter your email-address, and click on “pwned?” If you see the message “Oh no — pwned!” chances are that your email details have been included in a recent breach. This is limited to emails and does not include other important hackable details such as social security details or phone numbers.
If your email was leaked, it’s time to create new passwords
Step 2: Change your password for the leaked account, and any other accounts that may have shared the same password.
In these types of situations, you typically have two options:
Step 3: Continuously monitor your accounts
Check credit card bills, bank statements, insurance claims, and any other financial accounts on a regular basis. Always check to make sure log in records match your sign-in dates and look for any other suspicious activity.
You should also monitor your Social Security earnings record. Whenever possible, activate notifications for suspicious activity on all your accounts (financial or not).
You can read our guide here for more tips on How to Keep Your Personal Information Safe.
Given the increasing risks of phishing emails and identity theft linked to Covid-19, a leaked email address will likely result in additional attempts to con you into divulging even more information by posing as EasyJet, your bank, or the authorities.
You can learn more about how to spot phishing attacks by watching this short video taken from a recent Avira webinar:
In a nutshell, these are the functionalities of most Password Managers:
If you’re still unsure a Password Manager is for you, we recommend you watch this short, fun video. Enjoy – and stay safe.