October is Cyber Security Month! This week's topic is password leaks.
In a time when large-scale password leaks seem to be more and more common, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest, and to know what to do when one occurs. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to secure your accounts.
The first step you should take immediately following a news-making password leak is to update the passwords to your most important password, such as to your online banking and primary email. Much like when a credit card is lost, the faster you can act to secure your accounts, the better.
Additionally, a service such as HaveIBeenPwned can be particularly useful. Don’t let the funky name scare you - HaveIBeenPwned was created by security expert Troy Hunt, and collects information from password leaks, allowing visitors to find out if they have been compromised. This way, you can change the passwords on any affected accounts, and perhaps further increase your security with a password manager or two-factor authentication.
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