Has your email address been compromised?
There have been several highly publicised and high-profile data breaches in the last year, including LinkedIn, Dropbox, Facebook, Quora, Marriot International, Uber, British Airways, Dixons Carphone Warehouse, Pizza Hut, Yahoo, Equifax, Three Mobile, Tesco, Moonpig, Mumsnet and Morrison’s supermarket … to name just a few! The number of affected email accounts numbers in the billions world-wide.
You may not recognise some of the companies shown above but that doesn’t mean you are exempt from having been compromised. Once breached many databases are sold onto third parties and not all of them are legitimate organisations looking to market their products and services to you….they are looking for more! So don’t assume that because you never eaten at Pizza Hut that you are safe.
Billions of email accounts have been compromised – including every single one of my own! It is very important to know whether you have been compromised and thankfully, there is a quick, free and easy way to see if you’re at risk from a number of recent data breaches.
Check your email addresses.
There are two, safe and verified, websites available that can tell you if your email addresses are in amongst the details of various data breaches. Use either one and enter each of your email addresses.
After a data breach becomes publicly known, these website’s owners locates the data and upload it to their website database where it’s made searchable. Passwords and sensitive data aren’t stored on these sites – only email addresses or usernames which are used to identify whether a user’s account details were stolen.