Password hashing has become a regular occurrence and the breach can sometimes not be your negligence or doings. This can be as a result of an attack done on your service provider. We have heard news of some Tech giants having their data servers compromised and our information exposed to hackers. This is a great concern as you never can anticipate the damages that can be done once your account is among the affected. Such events are becoming commonplace and more people are at risk of having their personal information stolen. There’s a need for us to be aware of our online account’s security. And once there’s a compromise, we need to know the necessary precautions to take afterward. This 5 tools will help you figure out if your accounts online have been compromised and what precaution to take immediately.
1. Your Login History
Did someone gain access to your Facebook or Google account? Or maybe you are suspecting someone did and want to justify your curiosity. You can easily tell if someone was logged-on to your account. This can be checked by viewing your account login history. Some sites like Google and Facebook offer this feature. You can be able to view the list of every login or attempt to log into your account and where it came from.
Precaution: log out of any session that was not you and change your password afterward. You can also activate two-factor authentication which will send you a code to authenticate your login each time an attempt with the right password is made on your account.
2. Password Managers
Various password managers now have a function that helps to validate your email addresses and passwords against known data breaches. If your password is found to be among the breach, then you must change your password immediately. Most password managers will do this for you and prompt you to update or change your password to keep your account safe.
Precaution: always use a Password Manager that has such a feature. Although, various service may differ on how the feature works. But always ensure it does support it and learn how it can be used.
3. Online Validation
Also, they are online tools which you can be used to check if your email addresses and passwords have been compromised. One of such tool is HavelBeenPwned.com. It can help you check if your email address or password have been compromised. The web tool is an online repository of email addresses and password that have been collected from publicly disclosed data breaches. It also tells in details if your email address has appeared in any data breach and from which sites. Nonetheless, it can generate strong and unique passwords for all your accounts.
Precaution: in the event of finding out that your account has been breached, your password should be changed immediately.
4. Use Chrome Password Checkup add-on
Chrome Password Checkup is an add-on on the Chrome web browser which can help you stay current of your account being breached. The add-on checks your password against known data breaches each time you sign into a site. Nevertheless, Google Chrome will not steal your password but will keep you alert once your password has been breached.
LastPass is a browser extension with similar feature to the Chrome add-on but can be added to other browsers. LastPass can be used to find a list of email addresses in your database and asks if you want to check whether they’ve ever appeared in any leaks. But unlike Chrome password checkup, information about any leaks is sent via email. There’s also a view of “Compromised” password feature. This will show you which websites have had security breaches since you’ve last changed your password on the website.
Precaution: change the password of any site that appears to have had a security breach
Even with all these sophisticated tools, you still need to do your own due diligence and stay ahead of things. You can always check for yourself once you notice any strange behavior on your account or simply do a routine check on your service provider. This can be done by using an online tool from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. You can run a check on your various service providers or subscribe to a feed of breaches to find out when there’s an occurrence.
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