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How to check if your password is stolen in 2021

HACKERS had another horrible year in 2021 stealing people’s personal data.

Our growing reliance on the Internet for work, play, and communication during the pandemic has made cybercrime even more lucrative.

Online scammers have taken advantage of more people staying at home online

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Online scammers have taken advantage of more people staying at home onlineCredit: Getty

With so many accounts and passwords, it can be difficult to keep track of your own data – and even harder to check that it hasn’t been compromised.

Thankfully, there is a website that takes the pressure off and can take a look at it for you.

Haveibeenpwned.com will scan your email address against known data breaches and notify you of any matches.

And now the site has just added one of the worst threats of 2021, including 441,000 stolen account details.

They come from a nasty information-stealing malware called RedLine.

RedLine exploded onto the dark web in March 2020, just in time for hackers to exploit the coronavirus key with most people at home and online.

Once malware has infected your devices, it can steal everything from credit card details to autocomplete login information.

It can also block VPN insights, which many people who work from home use to access their work network.

This malware has caused so much concern that experts have warned against storing passwords in web browsers.

Saving passwords in Chrome and Edge is a common practice and is generally considered quite secure.

But one recent incident saw an unsuspecting employee’s machine allowing hackers to access their company’s network through a VPN.

Haveibeenpwned.com is regularly updated with a growing list of data leaks.

If it says your email address is already in use by RedLine, simply changing the password for any account using it won’t be enough, according to Computer Bleeping.

You’ll also have to change the passwords for all accounts used on your machine, including your VPN and work email accounts, as well as any other personal accounts you’ve used. on that device.

Well worth checking to see if your account has been compromised

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Well worth checking to see if your account has been compromisedCredit: Getty
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And Google has confirmed that some of its smartphones are unable to call emergency services due to software error.


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