There are almost 5 millions online accounts consist username and passwords which discovered by Pwnedlist.com are hacked where their username and password are compromised.
If you still haven’t check your hack status yet, it is good that you make a move now by heading over to the site and send your username or email for a quick check. It is fast and they don’t keep a database of your username. It is also safe as it is transmitted via HTTPS.
Just to let you know, being not listed does not mean you are safe. You could be hacked but nobody know that status. As a result, this site main purpose is just to tell you whether you are hacked or not. Not whether you are safe or not.
What if you are one of them?
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If you happen to be the unlucky person to be listed, don’t start giving up like it is the end of the world. It is not the end of the world. It is just somehow part of your private stuff is stolen by someone.
If you happen to be one of them, these are the things that you need to do now.
- List down all the online accounts that associated with that username or email.
- Create a unique and strong password for each account.
- Don’t write them down and don’t bother remembering them. Use password manager. If you are not willing to invest, use a free one. Lastpass password manager is highly recommended.
- Don’t just stop here. Check the site frequently to ensure that your other username/email are not affected.
This is a common solution to a victim of identity theft. From time to time, try not to panic and think on how to solve the problem. These 4 steps are the simple steps to solve the issue that I just raised. What other suggestions that you can contribute?