How to know if your accounts and passwords have been stolen and leaked online

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Updated:31/01/2021 01:44h

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Electronic mail accounts, like other digital platforms, contain within them a large amount of information about the user. From the photos that were taken during the last vacation, before the Covid-19 lock us all, even work emails, obviously passing through the contacts of other users. This information, which is personal and, in some cases, especially sensitive, must be protected from malicious third parties. And that happens, among other things, by following a series of steps. From the creation of strong passwords or distrust of any suspicious email or message, to being careful with the information that is consulted when you are connected to a network Public WiFi.

Be that as it may, and unfortunately, that our credentials end up in the hands of cybercriminal groups does not always depend exclusively on us. “Cybercriminals do not rest, and every day they launch attacks on web pages and services with the aim of disabling their defenses or finding vulnerabilities by which to access the valuable data stored on their servers”, they warn from the Internet Security Office (OSI), which is dependent on the National Cybersecurity Institute (Incibe). The portal recalls, in this regard, the attack suffered by Freepik Company in 2020, which led to the leakage of the data of more than 8 million users.

How to find out?

One of the best tools to discover if any of our accounts has been compromised is the website Have been i pawned, a site created by cybersecurity experts. All you need to do is enter the site and write the email account that we want to check. After this, press the button that says “pwned?” and the results will appear below. If you see a green message, it means that your data is not in any of the leaks collected by the page.

Instead, if the message is red, your account has been compromised. Something below will indicate the exact cases in which your email has been involved in a leak and the specific information that has been published (emails, passwords, names, date of birth …). The recommendation from here is that you enter each of these pages and change the password, even if you do not use them. And, if you use the same password for other places, it is important that you rethink putting a new one, since your compromised data can open the door to other much more important information.

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