We see regularly, in the media, that leaks concerning passwords and usernames have been found on the internet. By dint of seeing it, we tend not to really pay attention to it. However, this escape deserves our attention, and rather twice than once. She would indeed be “the mother of all leaks“, if we are to believe the alarmist remarks made by our colleagues specialized in cybersecurity. How to verify that your identifiers are not part of it ? We tell you everything.
The current password leak
According to several reports, a leak containing 2.5 billion to 3.2 billion e-mails and passwords were reportedly shared last week on various hacking forums. Hackers have actually bundled up many, many leaks from the past, and put them together into an easy-to-use database, which was named “COMB”. Among the data that can be found there are Netflix and LinkedIn identifiers, but also identifiers for Gmail or Hotmail.
For example, hackers managed to bring together the identifiers of 117 million LinkedIn accounts which had leaked during the year 2012. To find out if your identifiers are part of this huge leak, a very simple solution was found.
What solutions are available to us today?
We suggest you, first of all, to check if your email address is one of the addresses appearing in the COMB database. For this, you can go to CyberNews website. This site retrieves the databases that are leaking on the internet, and it allows them to know which identifiers have already been spotted on the side of the pirates. This is an English site, in which you will need to enter your email address, to find out if the latter has been leaked. If you have multiple accounts and multiple email addresses, do not hesitate to have them all checked. Even if the search does not show any results, we strongly advise you to set up multi-factor authentication (an authentication which requires several pieces of proof).
Cybersecurity experts encourage users to change password every three to four months on average, in order to protect yourself as much as possible. It may sound tedious, but it is a good way to avoid attacks, and usurpation of identifiers. If you want change your password, do not forget, moreover, to choose one of more than 12 characters, with letters, numbers, lowercase, uppercase, and symbols. If you don’t really have any ideas, you can also use a password manager. This is software that stores all your passwords behind a single “master” password. The manager will also suggest that you change those which are less secure, and may even offer you random ones if you are in lack of ideas, thanks to a generator.
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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