I’m sure we all live in a world where we assume our accounts are all safe as long as we can still use them regularly. Same goes for our banking account, as long as the amount does not disappear suddenly, we will assume our account is safe.
What if I were to tell you that your account is already hacked and someone knows your username and password? By having these two criteria, it is sufficient to enter into sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Paypal, and many more to try out your username and password combination.
I’m sure today with every one of us holding at least 5 online accounts, we share the same username and password between accounts. If you are one of those, you are at the right place for today I am going to share with you a site where you can check whether your account is hacked or compromised.
Pwnedlist.com is a creation of two security researchers Alen Puzic and Jasiel Spelman from DVLabs, a division of HP/TippingPoint. What you need to do over there is to enter the username or email address (not the password) which you usually used to login into any online websites and hit the Check button. In just seconds, the result will be shown whether your account is compromised or not.
Up to now, they had discovered close to 5 million sets of username and password which were compromised. Those data were collected from places like Torrent dump or Pastebin where hackers love to upload those stolen accounts at.
If you are worried that sending your username to Pwnedlist could be dangerous, then you don’t have to worry as you are on HTTPS where your transmission is encrypted. Whoever that can tap into your transmitted data will get something that is total gibberish and needs to be decrypted to know the actual values.
Lastly on the security of Pwnedlist, they don’t store your username or email address on their server. This means that if anyone hacked into Pwnedlist, they will not get the 5 million records of username and passwords combination.
If you somehow found yourself in the list among the 5 million records, don’t panic as no one is sure that your account is used out there. What you need to do now is quickly log into all your accounts and start changing passwords. Do ensure that you create a strong password where it should lengthy and complicated.
So now, do run a quick check for the sake of your account safety. Trust me that it does not take any longer than 1 minute to complete the process.