How to tell if your accounts have been hacked
There is a free, reliable and safe service that let's you easily check to see if you have an email or even a password that has been compromised in a data breach and is available on the dark web.
have i been pwned?
Is a legitimate service that will check your emails and passwords to see if they have been involved in a breach and give you the results immediately with zero strings attached.
There have been so many breaches in the past couple of years, it’s highly likely that some of your accounts have been hacked. So any of your email addresses or passwords associated with a breach are out there on the black market up for grabs.
A “breach” is an incident where data has been unintentionally exposed to the public. Using a password manager helps you ensure all of your passwords are strong and unique such that a breach of one account or service doesn’t put your other accounts at risk.
See these actual screenshots from haveibeenpwned.com where I entered one of my emails and a password I used. My password was safe but my email was involved in 3 known breaches.
These are just some of the high profile breaches that have happened where user's personal information went up for sale on the dark web:
Of course, these are just a few of the widely known breaches. Companies of all sizes are getting hacked every day, it’s become an epidemic. So what should you do?
If any of your emails have been associated with a breach, change the email address associated with any of your accounts that have personal, sensitive or financial information.
Use separate emails for certain accounts. Your email and password for your shopping sites should not be the same as your banking email and password.
Change your passwords frequently, especially if you’ve used that password for multiple accounts.
Use Two-Factor Authentication for any websites that support it.
In this day and age, there are just too many risks involved with your personal information to take any chances. Don’t become a victim, take these simple steps and protect yourself. If you find out that your accounts have been involved in a breach and you want to know if your laptop or PC was compromised, we can help. We can scan your machine or your network to find anything malicious. Get in touch and find out now. Fill out the form and we will get in touch with you or schedule a call with us.