You might ever hear some news report about the security breach involving big IT companies. A couple of days ago a teen from Australia has managed to steal 90 GB of private data from Apple and it seems it seems would not the last attack event targeting companies like Apple.
For the user side, we should not fully depend on the security system where the services belonging. Some IT security experts suggesting that if we change our password regularly every 6 months, it would significantly prevent security breach especially when attackers trying to break your account.
In recent decades, more than 500 million passwords have leaked and most users are not be warned. If you think your current password is safe, think again!
How to See if Your Password Has Been Breached
1. Go to Pwned Passwords.
2. Type your password and click pwned or just press Enter.
3. You will see the result either it has leaked or safe.
Pwned Passwords will inform you if the password has previously appeared in a data breach. Although no one has access to your account, it’s highly recommended to change the password soon.
How to create a safe password?
For me, the safest password is a password that you even don’t know. I mean, combining uppercase, lowercase, number, and symbol would make password even stronger and difficult to guess by Brute Force technique.
You can use a third-party password manager, like LastPass, Dashlane, or Chrome Password Manager to generate a random password for each online account without the need to remember them.
Instead, you only remember one master password to access entire account’s password. This is a great option if you had so many accounts that require deep security.
What if my password is compromised in the future?
Pwned has an email-based notifications system if your password has detected on the breach data. Go to this page to activate this feature.