Your personal information has been stolen, but you often learn about it for a long timeor what you rely on your information indicates that your date of birth, social security or credit card number, medical records, or other piece of personal information has been exposed to a data breach.
With your stolen information, hackers can do everything from making purchases and opening credit accounts in your name to requesting your tax refund and making medical claims, all of which masquerade as ̵
You cannot stop, but there are a few steps you can take to mitigate the damage caused by the breach. If you use a password manager that creates unique passwords, you can make sure that your does not allow hackers to access your accounts on other sites. can help you manage all of your login information, making it easy to create and use unique passwords.)
But after a hack, a number of monitoring tools can warn you which of your stolen credentials are showing up in the wild on the dark web, giving you a jump start in mitigating the damage the thieves can do. Here’s how to use two free monitoring tools – Mozilla’s Firefox Monitor and Google’s Password Checker – to see which of your email addresses and passwords have been compromised so you can take action.
How to Use Mozilla’s Firefox Monitor
With Mozilla’s free Firefox Monitor service, you can keep track of which of your email addresses were part of known data breaches.
1. To get started, visit the Firefox Monitor page.
2. Enter an email address and tap Check for violationsIf the email was part of a known breach since 2007, Monitor will show you which hack it was part of and what else might have been exposed.
3. Under a breach, tap More about this breach to see what steps Mozilla recommends, such as updating your password.
You can also sign up to have Monitor notify you if your email is involved in a future data breach. Monitor scans your email address for those data breaches found and alerts you if you were involved.
1. On the Firefox Monitor page, tap it Sign up for alerts button.
2. Create a Firefox account if necessary.
3. Crane Log in to see an infringement summary for your email.
4. At the bottom of the page, you can add additional email addresses to check. Mozilla will then send you an email to any address you add with a subject line “Firefox Monitor found your information in these breaches” when it detects that email address is involved in a breach, along with instructions on what to do. do in tracking the breach.
How to use Google’s password checker
As part of its password management service, Google offers the Password Checkup tool, which checks usernames and passwords you use to log into sites outside of Google’s domain and notifies you if those credentials have been released. (You may remember the Password Checker when it was a Chrome extension that you had to add separately to Google’s browser. This is the same tool folded into Google’s password manager.)
1. If you’re using Google’s password service to track your Chrome or Android credentials, go to Google’s password management site and tap Check passwords
2. Crane Check passwords again to confirm it’s you.
3. Enter the password for your Google account.
4. After some thought, Google will list any issues found, including compromised, reused, and weak passwords.
5. Next to each reused or weak password is a change Password button you can tap to choose a safer one.
How else to watch out for fraud
In addition to the tools from Mozilla and Google, you can take a few extra measures to keep an eye out for fraud.
Keep an eye on your credit reports. To help you spot identity theft early, you can request one free credit report per year from any of the three major credit bureaus – Equifax,and – to check for unknown activity, such as a new account you have not opened. (Note that You should also check your credit card and bank statements for unexpected charges and payments. Unexpected charges can be a sign that someone has access to your account.
Sign up for aTo take a more active hand in fraud detection, sign up with a credit monitoring service that will provide your credit report on major credit bureaus and With a monitoring service, you can set up fraud alerts that notify you if someone tries to use your identity to create credit. A – or you can use a free service like the one from that other services are lacking, such as checking for suspicious use of your social security number.
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