With different companies getting hacked almost on a monthly basis, have you wondered if your account has been compromised? Have you received a letter in the mail stating that you will be entitled to a free credit monitoring because there was a recent breach of information in a company with which you do business? If you answered yes to one of the two questions above, then keep reading.
As people continue to use social media and transition from buying stuff in the physical stores to buying stuff online, more and more people expose themselves to identity theft. If you have ever wondered if your information might be stolen because you have began to receive some “spam” mail in your mailbox and have began to receive real spam in your e-mail, you have probably searched for a place online to see if your account or information might be compromised. Chances are that when you searched, you were not very successful or maybe you found a place that looks good, but wants you to pay a large sum of money before they release any information to you.
Well you do not have to search or worry about paying anymore! HaveIBeenPwned.com is a free resource that lets anyone see if they may have been put at risk due to an online account having been compromised or “pwned” in a data breach. You simply go to the website and enter an email address of yours or a username that you tend to use when you sign up for something online. The site then checks its database for already exposed accounts and displays information to you if your account matches what they have.
The website does not currently have some of the most recent breaches, but does have some of the most famous and biggest breaches discovered. The site does not have information on all breaches that have been discovered and about which the public has been informed, but they do have a good amount of information out there that may indeed help you decide whether your account is at risk.
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