Password databases are getting hacked all the time these days, or at least it feels like. You might have recently read that Yahoo! lost over 450,000 unencrypted passwords. Sony had 77 million accounts breached in 2011, with over 1 million password without any cryptographic protection. A few months ago even the state of Utah had Medicaid information on 780,000 people accessed by outside hackers.
What’s worse is that many people use the same password across all their accounts, including their email account. And as we all know, what do services like our banks and governments use to identify us if we forget a password? That’s right. Our email.
So even though Gmail or your work email might be safe, if you use that same password on other accounts that get hacked, all of your passwords are now vulnerable. Hackers can use your email account to gain access to everything else.
That’s why shouldichangemypassword.com is so awesome. Enter your email address (which is not stored unless you opt-in to their newsletter) and they will check if your email account (and therefore your password) has been breached. As they put it:
We comb the depths of the internet to find email and password data sets that have been hacked, leaked or compromised. We aggregate this data so that you can check whether your password has been included in any of these security breaches.
They have 11 million breached email addresses so far, and that number is only growing.
So do yourself a favor, and check your email account at shouldichangemypassword.com. It could save you from some big headaches down the road.