Thought of the Day: How do I know if I’ve been hacked?

January 02 11:51 2018 Print This Article

There have been a number of high-profile hacks in recent years, including Equifax in 2017 that exposed the social security numbers (and other data) of 143 million Americans. The NHS was hit by ransomware in 2017 as part of a worldwide attack by the WannaCry cryptoworm. In 2016, Uber paid hackers to stay quiet about a breach that exposed the names and contact details of 57 million drivers and customers. This is just a handful of cases of many breaches affecting major companies, which unfortunately seems to have become the norm.

One way for individuals to check if their data has been compromised is to enter their email address on the website www.haveibeenpwned.com, which will reveal if it has been involved in a breach and the companies involved. Individuals can compartmentalise their personal data online by using different email addresses and passwords for various accounts, like banking, utilities or online shopping, in case online details for one account is breached.

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