WannaCry didn’t even walk out and we just got another massive cyber breach to worry about!
A prominent security researcher at MacKeeper reported that more than hundreds of millions of passwords just surfaced online. Each and every cyberattack is giving us a new reason to worry. We were already quite settled with the fact that any piece of information on internet is almost insecure, but isn’t this too much to take? This sure is a “Mother of all holy leaks” where a database containing more than 560 million passwords has been dumped online.
No one knows who actually put the database together, but the researchers are calling them “Eddie” after a user profile name in the data.
How to Check If Your Password Has Been Leaked?
Want to know if your password has been exposed? Head to Have I Been Pwned, a website that checks if your email address appears in any database that’s been compromised.
Just fill in your email address and hit enter! Good news if you If you see this message:
“Good news — no pwnage found! No breached accounts and no pastes (subscribe to search sensitive breaches)”
If it does, don’t panic: Remember that many of the sources in that database are years old. Click on “Notify me when I get pwned” so you can be informed if and when your email appears in the next breach.)
Who is at Risk?
Essentially, anyone who never updated their credentials at the time of the original breach then you could be at risk.
3 Golden Tricks to Stay Safe from Security Breaches?
We wanted once again to highlight the importance of changing the passwords, because more and more nasty attacks seem to exploit our data. Here are few ways by which you can keep your online privacy away from hacker’s reach.
- Enable Two Step Verification
Not even a week passed after WannaCry and we witnessed another global level security breach. In all this cyber hassle two-step verification (aka two-step authorization) may be the single best way to protect online accounts. Almost all major accounts including Facebook, Gmail, Twitter etc. now offer Two step verification. Make sure you activate it on priority!
- Delete All Old Accounts
Agree or not, but there are a couple of accounts which we no longer use anymore. Be it AOL or LinkedIn there are definitely some accounts which we haven’t touched in months or maybe years. If those accounts are still active, and a hacker manages to break in, that still puts you at considerable risk. So, take out a little time this weekend and make sure you deactivate or delete all your unused accounts.
- Always Keep a Backup of your Data
We’re all aware how WannaCry ransomware exploited millions privacy across the globe. At least it taught us one lesson, that one can never neglect the importance of backups. Just ensure that you create a backup of important data and files. Although, its gonna take a small while but it’s far more advantageous than paying the ransom later.
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If you hate taking backups manually, then one such nifty tool is “Ransomware Protector” which can ease down the process to less than no time. Ransomware Protector keeps all your data safe and secure so that even if hackers get a hold on it, your data is still safe!
So here were a few tips which can help you keep your privacy intact!
And if you don’t understand what’s going on? It’s okay. Just go and change all your passwords at the first place. And be sure to create a strong password!