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It seems like every week, we hear of another site or a store’s systems being hacked. Even our credit reporting services aren’t immune to attack – this article is about the latest Equifax attack (and also provides a lot of excellent advice for protecting yourself). Regardless of how careful we are with our own identity (and we should continue to be), it is becoming more and more difficult to know whether our information has been compromised.

The https://haveibeenpwned.com/ website will allow you to check whether your email address or passwords have been exposed to the dark web (where hackers may try to use them to gain access to your accounts). This site was developed by someone I am associated with in the Microsoft community, so it is safe to use and doesn’t save your information. And a bonus, it is also free to use. You can use this site to not only check whether your email or passwords have been compromised, but also check to see whether any new passwords you would like to use are still safe to use.

Next, consider investing in a password manager, like 1password. Instead of saving your passwords in a file where they can be hacked off your computer or writing them down so others can find them near your computer, a password manager will generate a unique, secure password for each account that you can easily access whenever you want to log in.

You can see this and all previous tech tips at https://it.ohiochristian.edu/tips/. If you have any questions about your accounts or passwords, please feel free to reach out to BlazerTech. Have ideas for future tech tips? Email me here.