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December 8, 2016updated 13 Jan 2017 11:18am

Have you been pwned? Best hacking websites to check if your personal information has been stolen

By Ellie Burns

It seems that not a day goes by without another cyber attack being discovered, or a data breach being made public by an apologetic multinational. The dark web is now a booming marketplace for the criminally minded, selling a myriad of personal information from email addresses and passwords, to credit card numbers. Attacks on Adobe, LinkedIn and MySpace are just some of the high-profile breaches which have resulted in the leak of millions of email addresses, passwords and other data to marketplaces online.

With so many companies breached and so much data available in the dark ether, the questions you should be asking yourself is: Have I already been hacked?

If you do not know the answer to this question, then you need to act now. There are a number of online services available which allow you to check if your personal information has been involved in a breach – vital tools which can help protect your digital footprint.

Here, CBR gives you the best sites to check if your personal information is safe.


Have I been pwned?

Cost: Free

Troy Hunt created Have I Been Pawned as a free resource which allows anyone to quickly check if an online account has been compromised or ‘pwned’ in a data breach. Inspired by the massive data breach which hit Adobe, Mr Hunt created the site after post-breach analysis revealed the same accounts being exposed over and over again.

The site gives users a simple interface – just enter in the address of the online account you want to check and then wait for results.

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All the data on the site comes from website breaches that have been made publicly available – which some may say limits the service somewhat. The free service also only provides results for a single user-provided email address or username at a time. However, using the domain search feature – which searches for pwned accounts across entire domains – multiple breached accounts can be retrieved after verification.

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For a free service this a brilliant site to visit – from my visit I found that my Hotmail address was leaked in the LinkedIn and Adobe data breaches. It is well-known for being one of the most simple, informative sites out there to check if you have been compromised – a must to visit.


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