There’s been a lot of scary news around recently related to hackers grabbing passwords from reputable sites. In the past few months alone, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, eHarmony and Facebook have all been compromised and user passwords stolen. This is not a problem, it’s an epidemic. The issue is unlikely to go away, but there are a few things you can do to protect yourself in case it happens to you.
First the most obvious…don’t use stupidly easy passwords for your logins. All the experts keep saying it, but people still keep using 123456 and other dumb choices for their passwords and these are just asking for trouble. Second, use unique and incredibly difficult passwords or phrases for your really important sites like banks, online stores and anything to do with money transfer.
If the worst does happen, the best thing you can do is make sure you’re alerted fast so you can change what needs to be changed, which is where this new Should I Change My Password service comes into play. You can log your email addresses with the service in seconds, after which it will notify you if one or more of them are compromised by a hack somewhere. It’s a clean and simple way to at least be notified so you can take action to delete or change a broken login.