The Easy Way To Find Out If You’ve Been Part Of A Data Breach
With every passing day, our online identities become more and more important. Online banking, stock trades, information about our vehicles, etc. All the more reason we need to stay vigilant when it comes to our online accounts. If you have any concerns that you may have been part of a data breach, you should visit this website.
Have I Been Pwnd compares your email address to email addresses listed on its database of accounts compromised by data breaches.
Recently, the site was updated to work with phone numbers, too. As we are seeing an increase in not only phone scams, but also text-based scams, it only makes sense.
Once you've entered your address and hit the "pwnd?" button, the site gives you the number of times (if any) that your email address has been part of a breach. If you scroll down, it will give you specifics (including the site or service, the year, and what type of data was compromised) for each breach.
Their database is very thorough. It goes back DECADES. Apparently, one of my email addresses was part of a Myspace breach that happened back in 2006!
While the Pwnd database is updated several times per hour, they do not necessarily have every breach. So, even if a search on the site comes up with no issues, you're going to want to be vigilant about keeping an eye on your digital identity.
Have you ever been part of a data breach? What happened? Did the hackers ever use your information? Tell us your story by sending us a message through our app or on Facebook.