Good morning! A lot of usernames and simple text passwords have leaked to a number of different locations ̵1; at 772 million and 21 million respectively, which is the biggest data leak in history. Here's how to make sure your information is still safe.
This collection of email address and password-duplicated "Collection # 1" groups together several minor violations in a larger master file of varieties. This large collection of data comes from several different sites, so your personal information may be compromised from several sources. This means that your information could have been compromised several times – the same email address with different passwords.
Collection # 1 was obtained by Have I been owned by the owner Troy Hunt, whom he then cleaned up, uploaded to the service and wrote a detailed blog post about. For those who may not be familiar with the service, I have become an excellent resource to find out if your data has been compromised in an existing crime so far.
To find out if your email or password is compromised with collection # 1 leak or someone else before the head has been pwned, enter your e mailing address and attach yourself to the results. You can also subscribe to email messages so that in the future you will know if your email address is compromised as soon as data is available.
This also serves as a good reminder of using strong, unique passwords on all websites you visit. A good way to do this is to let a password manager do everything for you. A good man will create a strong password and will remember it for you. All you have to do is remember the main password for the vault.
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] Troy Hunt via Ars Technica