One of the biggest security issues when it comes to online accounts is the trust you place with those organisations with your personal details and more importantly the password you chose for that account. Because in some cases you will use the same password for everything to save the hassle of remembering a list of different passwords. Once a hackers works out one password then they will know all of your accounts passwords. A good analogy to think of is if you used the same key for your house and your mailbox. If you dropped or lost your mailbox key, somebody could pick it up and get your junk mail, but they could also open up your house!
That’s why it’s super important to use different passwords for everything.
But how do you know if one of your passwords have been compromised?
This handy website https://haveibeenpwned.com/ offers a tool to find out if your password has been part of any data breaches. They do this regularly checking hacker websites and forums for leaked data and is able to cross-check it with your email address.
For example, when I checked with my personal email address I found that two of my passwords had been breached.
I was then able to scroll down and find out what websites had been compromised and what passwords I shouldn’t trust. Because like most everybody I sometimes use the same password for multiple things.
If you’re ever worried about your password being leaked, change it! It costs nothing to do and could save you a ton of hassle.
Also…. Where possible if the system, or website offers 2 factor authentication, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of this. Even if a hacker does end up with your password, they still would not be able to access your account.