Check to see if you have been hacked!

Check to see if you have been hacked at "Have I Been Pwned" and German Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) & their "Identity Leak Checker". Both services are free to use.

Many people already know the service Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). There you can enter your email address (or somebody else's), and discover if your email has been found in any data leaks on the Internet. Leak in this context means a service where you have previously registered yourself, the service got hacked and data about you have been stolen and leaked online.

What most people don't know is that there are similar services out there, with German HPI & their Identity Leak Checker has an even bigger database than HIBP. Here you can also enter your email adress, and receive an email with an overview of any leaks where you appeared.

When I checked my personal email address, I found myself in 6 different leaks, where 5 of them also includes hackers probably gaining access to my personal password for those specific services.

My results looked like this:

Please do check yourself on both services. HPI has a stricter focus on privacy, so you cannot look up information about others, only your own email addresses controlled by you.

HPI also has some interesting statistics, a FAQ, as well as information about the email you receive from them. 

If you find yourself in any such leaks, don't panic. Some of these leaks are data collected from other leaks, and can be many years old, with names unknown to you. HPI has also chosen to make it so that you can only check information about yourself, using email addresses you are in control of now.

The most important thing for you to do is to make sure you've changed your password at any listed services after the date provided in the email you receive. Furthermmore you really shouldn't use the same password across multiple services.

Checking yourself can be smart to do a couple of times per year.

Database with information about compromised accounts on the Internet, where you can check yourself to find out if any services you use have been hacked.

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