Companies are being hacked and losing encrypted information every day, even if it only makes the news occasionally. Want to know if your information has been part of a breach? Haveibeenpwned.com is here to help. Enter your email into their search bar, and they’ll search their database of over 5 billion “pwned” accounts and let you know if your data was part of a breach.
What happens if you find your email on the list? You’ll want to immediately change your password on the hacked account and any other accounts that you used the same password for. Try a password manager to generate a secure and unique password for each account. ITS recommends Password Safe, LastPass, or Dashlane. If the account contained any sensitive information, contact the parties responsible for that information and alert them to potential identity theft attempts.