Massive data breach puts your personal data at risk

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If you’ve been reusing passwords or going back to old favourites, your personal data could be at risk, after a collection of more than 87 gigabytes of personal information was leaked online in one of the world’s largest data breaches.

The leak has been labelled ‘Collection #1’ and it contains a stockpile of 772,904,991 email addresses and 21,222,975 passwords.

Discovered by Troy Hunt, a security researcher and founder of the “Have I Been Pwned” service, the data dump has been called one of the largest data breaches in history.

Collection #1 contains login credentials that have been stockpiled since 2008, with information sourced from over 2000 different sources, Mr Hunt said on his blog.

Internet users can check if they’ve been affected by entering their email address on Have I Been Pwned.

If you’ve reused old passwords or use the same password over multiple platforms, including social media, email and website subscriptions, a potential hacker can use those passwords to hack your newer accounts.

Potential hackers that have access to massive amounts of login data use ‘bots’ to break into your accounts through a technique called ‘credential stuffing’, which automatically blasts multiple services with the same set of login information.

If you have reused those old passwords for different platforms, to prevent a potential hack, tech experts recommend that you change them now or use a password manager that can automatically generate secure passwords.


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Total Comments: 13
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    How safe are the “Password Managers “ ?????

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      Precisely my question. I certainly would not divulge my banking passwords or any other important and sensitive passwords to any Password Manager.

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    How safe is anything. Password managers are downloaded from the net so how safe would you expect this to be.
    And it means hackers only have to crack one password to collect all your passwords.
    One secure way is to write them down and keep that in a secure place or maybe on a flashstick which you only install when you need to. Also change them regularly.

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      Good idea Pedro, might take that advice & put my passwords on two flashsticks, just in case one fails plus a printed hard copy with the passwords in code may be kept in a safe place.

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    This is life. Many articles on changing passwords & why etc but who can remember every password for every application. Change the main passwords regularly, use a code etc. Inconvenient it may be but that’s modern life 21st century living.
    Password managers, if they get hacked, well, your buggered then.
    Just as important is backing up your computer & other devices on a regular basis, how many people do that? Ransomware, computer crashing, lost or stolen computer & or devices.

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    Wowowowo another way to make money from the internet ….. you click and read the news then they get pay by each click also in YouTube a few seconds into the add zap they get pay ……

    Yes has been a lot of data breaches and hacks into computers and that is now a way of life and nothing we can do only just be safe and clever …… only keep data that is not really important on your PC or phone …any important data like bank stuff and other personal info save it on to a portable disk that you can unplug from the computer also a backup that you can unplug …. on your mobile keep nothing at all …just numbers … no bank accounts …etc … if you need your phone to receive a code then you must clear Cache on the phone and your computer after used because cache will remains accesible unless is erased ….. one more thing … be sure you clean trash and De_fragment your PC disk every 2 weeks or more if possible …… I know is a pain but is better to be safe …. I got Hack couple of times but they got shit nothing he he he he

    There is a lot more to learn like Hackers Key loggers ….. they pick up your keyboard keystrokes and then learn your passwords …..and more …do small research.

    I keep all my important info out from any electronic (Internet) device …Phones, PC, I pad ar other

    Is a serious problem and the security companies are making a mint controlling all this stuff.

    Hope i help just be safe and do things the old way (Italian Black book he he) Pen and paper is much safer

  5. 0

    Can the “Have I Been Pwned” website be trusted?

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      Sorry but I will not trust any of that kind of web sites …. you are giving your email address and a password Ummmmmmm not safe you giving away your info
      when you accept the 1 password they give you they already have your email address Ummmmmm think for a moment what do they have that you have giving them

      There is also a web site about lending you money up o 5,000 (Australian site) but they ask you for your bank account and password …. they also show you a lot of info about your safety including government and the law that provide your safety …… but you gave access to your account Ummmmmmmmm

  6. 0

    To protect your individual data means don’t give it out above the internet or over the telephone. Be inconspicuous. Don’t ever give out your communal security number over the phone or internet. Are you facing Comenity Bank Phone Harassment? Give us a shout now & take away cellphone harassment from this corporation.

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    Personal info can also refer to your parent’s personal information – don’t give it out. Are you facing Harassment calls from The Law Office of John P. Frye, P.C.? Give us a shout today & get rid of phone harassment from this agency etc.

  8. 0

    USB drives are the most common way of data theft as it is very easy to steal a USB drive because they are tiny and very portable. PAK Navy Jobs



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