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How to spot if your password was stolen in a security breach

27
Feb
2019
How to spot if your password was stolen in a security breach

In mid-January, researcher Troy Hunt revealed that a list was floating around in the storage space of the MEGA cloud as well as in several hacking forums. Going by the name of Collection#1, it contains the largest theft of passwords organized into a list to date, comprising more than 700 million email addresses and more than 20 million passwords.

Once we hear about something like this, it is only natural that we might wonder if our own email addresses and/or the passwords we use to access our accounts are among them, or if they have been snatched as part of any other infiltration or security breach. Discovering if our credentials have been robbed or not can also give us an idea of whether the passwords we are choosing when we register with a new service, or when we update our password, are sufficiently secure.

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