Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t the most fun or exciting post I’ve ever shared with you but it’s SO important.
You might be like me, a bit numb when learning that there’s been another data breach online. It’s kind of a part of the era we have grown up in and we deal with it as just one of those obnoxious side effects we deal with for the luxury of technology. That doesn’t mean, though, that we should become complacent about these breeches. We need to fight back to protect our online identities.
Hackers are getting more and more personal information from us online and this information can be shared on hacker sites all over the dark web. And if you haven’t heard of the dark web, do a quick Google search and find out the scary truth about parts of the internet you never knew existed. Or actually I recommend not doing the Google search because it’s DOWNRIGHT.SCARY.Y’ALL to think about what exists out there.
If you’ve ever wondered if your account has been hacked or if you’re just interested in protecting your online identity, I recommend Have I been pwned? It’s a FREE, easy-to-use site, where you can check if you have an email account that has been compromised in a data breach. Sounds fun, right? NOT! I searched my email and was horrified to see all the places my email and password have been compromised. I was also relieved I found ‘Have I been pwned’ because then I could do something about it!
I’m not sharing this post to earn money or send you on a crazy-clicking journey. This is just a friendly PSA for all you moms out there. It’s SUPER simple. It won’t take longer than a few minutes of your time but will give you important peace of mind. Here is what you can do to check if your (or your husband’s or your parents’ or your children’s) online identity is at risk.
Three easy steps to check if your email has been compromised
1. Visit Have I been pwned?
2. Type in your email address and SEARCH.
3. You can either celebrate if your account has never been hacked OR start addressing the accounts where issues have occurred. If breeches were found you’ll see the site, the date the breech occurred, and what data was compromised. This way you know where you need to change passwords, usernames, or de-activate accounts. Once you’ve cleaned up your accounts you can click “Notify Me” at the top of the site so you can receive an email time.