A website lists 11.7 billion accounts whose information has appeared in various data leaks. There you can test whether your logins are also affected.

Data leaks and hacking attacks happen all the time.

How to find out , if your accounts have been hacked

You can check if your email address or phone number has been compromised on the haveibeenpwned.com website.

How to find out if your accounts were hacked

If the data appears in a known data leak, the website warns you.

That's what it's all about

  • Again and again there are data leaks, with which accounts of various websites can be easily hacked.

  • There is a way to find out whether your own login data is affected by such a security gap simple trick.

  • The website haveibeenpwned.com shows whether your email address or phone number is visible in a data leak.

  • < p>If you find your login data there, you should change it as soon as possible.

The thought is frightening: you try to log into your Facebook account, iCloud or any other website and suddenly it doesn't work anymore. Because hackers have taken over the login and now have full control over the account. Now they can see private information such as GPS data, passwords, e-mail addresses, photos or the contact list. They may also get in touch with known people and pretend to be the actual owner of the account.

Although you could protect yourself from such hacker attacks with a few security precautions, such cases occur again and again. However, those affected often do not even notice that a profile has been hacked, since the cyber criminals are primarily interested in the private information stored in the profile. However, there is a simple trick to find out whether your own login data is affected by security gaps or known hacks.

11.7 billion accounts

The haveibeenpwned.com website allows you to enter your email address or phone number. If this data is discovered in a public data leak, the website will indicate this. It says either “Good news, nothing found!” or – in the worse case – “Oh no!” if the e-mail address or telephone number was actually found. It also shows exactly which website or which accounts are affected by the vulnerability.

The website lists the largest known data leaks. The worst malware affairs of 2021 were recently added to the site, as reported by The Sun. Among other things, the website now also shows whether your own accounts and data are affected by the so-called RedLine malware. This is malicious software that, since March 2020, has allowed hackers to hack into private devices and access information such as credit card numbers or login information.

On haveibeenpwned.com are currently 11.7 billion accounts found in a data breach. In total, this is data from 577 different websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace.

How to protect yourself

There are a few simple ways to protect yourself against hacker attacks. Troy Hunt, the inventor of haveibeenpwned.com, advises using a different, difficult-to-guess password for each account. For example, you should use password generators to suggest passwords that consist of disjointed letters, numbers and special characters. On the other hand, you should avoid simple passwords such as words that can be found in the dictionary or names and dates, as these can easily be hacked.

It is also important to switch on two-factor authentication for all possible accounts. This means that hackers cannot log into profiles even if they know their login data. With two-factor authentication, you always have to confirm that you want to log into an account separately – for example using your phone number or email address.

If you find your email address or phone number on haveibeenpwned.com in a data leak, you should change your login details as soon as possible. So it is advisable to immediately change the password on those pages that are displayed as dangerous.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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