Web services and social networks are hacked on a regular basis, often causing huge leaks of personal information such email addresses, passwords, credit card information and more; it’s usually the biggest ones that are hit the hardest.
In most cases, the company will send out email messages to those affected, letting them know that their account has been compromised and that they need to change their password as soon as possible. Even if you do not receive an email though, you may still want to double check just in case.
Have I Been Pwned? is a free online tool that lets you do just that. You can use it to double check and see if your email account has been compromised in a data breach. It currently shows breaches for Adobe, Stratfor, Gawker, Pixel Federation, Yahoo!, Sony and Vodafone.
Just enter your email address and click on the “pwned?” button. Within seconds, you’ll know whether or not your account has been compromised and by how many sites. Then you can act accordingly (ie. change your account password). As you can see, Have I Been Pwned? is quick and extremely easy to use.