Recently the number of websites being compromised seems to rise every day. There have been major security breaches at such well-known companies as Adobe, Facebook, Gmail, Target, and Twitter.
According to statistics, the largest case of data breaches has taken place at LinkedIn, with over 164 million accounts being compromised. The company announced on May 17, 2016 that they had learned that information stolen from them in 2012 was now being made available online.
LinkedIn wrote in an email to members that it had taken steps to invalidate the passwords of all accounts they thought might be vulnerable. The company invalidated passwords of all accounts created before the 2012 hacking that had not reset their passwords since that time.
Numbers from haveibeenpwned.com say that LinkedIn has suffered nearly 164,700,000 compromised accounts. Adobe is listed at nearly 152.5 million, while Ashley Madison is close to 31 million. Have I Been Pwned was created by Microsoft Regional Director Troy Hunt.
Hunt started the site after the 2013 Adobe breach. He runs the site for free but appreciates donations. The data on his site comes from legitimate data breaches that have been aggregated and made easily accessible to site users. Users only have to type in their email or username and click pwned, then the website will complete the search.
After that, a domain search allows a user access to all email addresses in the domain that have been affected by the breach. The user can be notified of any account breaches in the future as long as they file the domain verification process.
BreachAlarm is another service that will let you know if your password has been compromised. The site will scan the Internet for stolen password information and inform you if your email address has been included. It will also tell you if it is time to change your password. You can sign up to receive future information regarding security breaches.
To do that, sign up for Email Watchdog. This option will notify you immediately if your email becomes compromised in the future. Prices range from $10 to $30 per year for Email Watchdog depending upon your number of email addresses.
The BreachAlarm website notes that their database features unique fingerprints of over 300 million email addresses that have had their passwords released.
A third company, Sucuri’s Security Scanner, lets a user check an entire website for hackers and other problems. Sucuri offers more malware removal options than other services, for fees beginning at $17 each month. The site even offers a Chrome extension for better monitoring.
Sucuri monitors your site and uses current fingerprinting technology to find out if your site is outdated, blacklisted or covered with malware. A user can also schedule regular site integrity checks.
No security system is 100 percent foolproof, but you want to consider any precautions at your disposal to protect your identity.
LinkedIn recommends that its members look into two-step verification of their passwords in the future. They also suggest strengthening their passwords and changing them on a regular basis.