Has your email address and password been leaked?

Pwn: from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer, compromise or control.

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It seems like a month doesn’t go by where we don’t hear about another account breach at a major organization.  Well some clever guys over at haveibeenpwned.com set it up so that you can check your email address against a database of accounts associated with security breaches.   The site will immediately tell you whether you’re at risk for your email/password being in the hands of bad guys, or you’re safe…for now.

Currently, the site contains leaked user data from the breaches at Adobe earlier this year, the Yahoo Leak in 2012, Sony’s cluster @$%^ in 2011, Start for from the same year, and the Gawker security breach in 2010.  They plan on adding more to the list when more breaches happen in the future.  Note that I said when, not if…

So, this just bears prudence to the idea that you shouldn’t reuse the same password at different places.

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