You may have seen on the news that a huge cache of breached passwords and email addresses from all over the web has been discovered on a online hacking forum. It’s the biggest single collection of breached data ever discovered and hacking experts are calling it ‘Collection #1’.
The data is likely pulled from many different sources from all over the web like forums and other online services that you might have forgotten you even signed up for. If you tend to use the same passwords for everything, this is why you might be in trouble – hackers will try using those credentials to sign into other, more important accounts.
Here’s how you can make sure you won’t be affected:
- If you tend to use the same passwords for all of your accounts, it’s certainly worth changing these ASAP to be unique.
- If having a different password for each account sounds impossible, you can try a secure password manager.
- Check your email address on this website. It will tell you if your email address has been included in a known data breach. If it has, don’t panic, but do change your passwords as soon as possible.