How to Find Out if Your Email and Password Have Been Hacked

Were you among the roughly 400,000 people whose usernames and passwords were stolen from Yahoo yesterday? How about the 480,000 whose credentials were exposed in a December 2010 hack of Gawker? Or the 860,000 hit by Anonymous’ hack last year of StratFor?

If you don’t know, a website called will tell you. Just enter your email—they won’t store your address unless you ask them to—and click the button that says, “Check it.” If your email has been associated with any of a large and ever-growing list of known password breaches, including the latest Yahoo hack, the site will let you know, and advise you to change it right away.

Two quick caveats. First, just because your email comes back clean on this site doesn’t mean your password has never been stolen. The recent hacks of LinkedIn and eHarmony, for instance, did not pair the stolen passwords with email addresses, so can’t include them in its search.

All that said, you don’t really need to visit any website at all to know whether you should change your passwords: If you haven’t done it in a while, or if your passwords aren’t strong, you should. And try to choose better ones than these Yahoo users.


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