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Have I been hacked? What to do?

Are you sure that your email account is safe and no one has hacked it till date? Millions of email accounts have been compromised till date according to troyhunt an Australian Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Developer Security. 

One of the important aspects to staying secure is by adhering to the best practices of managing your accounts and passwords.

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However, even when you do not follow the best practices, there are chances for your email accounts, including passwords, to be compromised online. How can you find out whether your email account is hacked?  One of the best website for identifying whether you have been hacked is Have I been Pwned. This website was developed by Troy Hunt and provides information on whether your email addresses and/or passwords have been hacked. This website also provides information to domain owners whether email accounts associated with their domains have been compromised

Tip: There is a Google Android App, Microsoft App, iPhone App & Chrome browser extension which can be used to check if your account is hacked or compromised.

Avast one of the famous Antivirus company also provides a tool to check if your email account is hacked or not.

What make your passwords vulnerable?

Here are some of the key reasons:

  • Using simple passwords that are easy to guess, such as the name and anniversary or birthday dates
  • Using dictionary words as password
  • Maintaining the same password for a prolonged period without changing
  • Storing the password physically either as a soft copy or as a hard copy
  • Using the same password for multiple account

Password Security Best Practices

So, how do you ensure that your passwords are secure? what are the best practices for password security?

You may have passwords to access different accounts, such as your email, shopping, and banking. Are you following the best practices of password security? In today’s digital world, it is easy for a hacker or attacker to crack your password if you do not adhere to some good practices.

How do you protect or secure your password?

Here are some of the good practices to protect you from your password getting cracked or compromised:

Use a complex password

Ensure that you use a complex password. For example, your password can be a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters.

Frequently change the password 

Ensure to change your passwords at least once a month.

Never share the password 

Never share your password even to an authorized person, such as a bank official.

Do not use common dictionary words 

Ensure not to use common dictionary words, such as “Welcome” and “Secret”.

Password Tools

Password tools enable you to effectively and efficiently manage your passwords. Some of the popular password tools are listed here:

Password Manager

It is used to store all your passwords in a centralized location using a single master password. Ensure that you use a reputed password manager, such as the KeePass, so that your passwords are safe and secure and stored in an encrypted format.

 

Password checker

It is used to check the strength of a password with hints about the issues in the password. Some of the password checkers are Kaspersky secure password check.

2FA tool

It is a two-step verification process to authenticate your account. In this process, there will be a verification step, such as security tokens or Captcha, in addition to providing the username and password. One of the popular 2FA tools is Google Authenticator.

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