How to Check if You’ve Been Hacked

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Hackers and scammers are a constant threat online. Everything from social media accounts to email addresses can come under attack at any time. Older accounts can put your newer accounts at risk, so how can you tell if your accounts or passwords have ever been hacked? Below are the signs you need to look out for to tell if you’re at risk of hacking.

Use ‘Have I Been Pwned?’

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‘Have I Been Pwned?’ is an easy-to-use tool for checking your email addresses’ security. | Source: Have I Been Pwned?

‘Have I Been Pwned?’ is one of the best tools for checking your email accounts’ safety. You should go to the website and enter each of your email addresses. The site will check if your account has ever been part of a data breach or if your account details have been pasted to the public online. If either of those things is true, you know the account is more at risk.

You should secure any accounts that are at risk. Use a password generator and password manager, and be sure not to open suspicious emails. You should be vigilant for any suspicious activity on your email account. If you use the same password as the email account anywhere else, change it immediately.

Use ‘Dehashed’

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Dehashed is more complicated than ‘Have I Been Pwned?’, but it is more comprehensive. | Source: Dehashed

Dehashed is another powerful tool for checking the safety of your online information. Unlike the above tool, Dehashed covers more than email addresses. You can enter any search term, such as an old username, and the site will trawl the internet to see if any of your information is publicly available. The site includes tools to help you remove any personal data entries you come across.

You should use Dehashed if you’re worried about old usernames you no longer use becoming compromised. It’s possible to search for your full legal name, address, and phone number. For security reasons, you’ll need to create an account before you can check the details of any data you come across.

Check For Hacked Sites

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Sucuri’s Site Checker should be your first tool to ensure the websites you’re using are safe. | Source: Sucuri

You should check sites you use regularly to ensure they’re safe. You can use free services, like Sucuri Site Checker, to ensure the sites you visit often are safe.

Go to Sucuri Site Checker and enter the address of any website. The site will provide you with a list of potential risks from the site you entered. If any sites you use regularly come back as risky, you should act immediately. You should change any passwords associated with the breached site.

Monitor A Hacked Websites List

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Using an RSS feed is the easiest way to keep updated on the latest breaches. | Source: Newsflow

An essential step in checking if you’ve been hacked is to check on lists of hacked websites. ‘Have I Been Pwned’ offers a comprehensive list of all the websites that have ever been breached. There are other sites, such as Self Key, that offer lists of the most recent breaches. You should ensure you’re checking these lists frequently to ensure sites you use haven’t been the victim of a data breach.

Most sites inform their users when a breach occurs. However, it’s possible to miss those messages, and in some cases, websites fail to notify users in a timely fashion. For your own safety and peace of mind, you’re best checking these sites regularly yourself. If you want to keep updated, use an RSS reader like Newsflow and add the ‘Have I Been Pwned’ breached sites RSS feed. The feed will inform you whenever a new breach happens.

If you’re worried you’ve been hacked:

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William Worrall
William Worrall
A gaming and technology writer who has been building computers and tinkering with software since he was a teenager. Previously involved with various prestigious websites, including TechRaptor.net and CCN.COM. Now tutorial creator for Hacked.com.
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