Breached data from 25 billion online accounts is currently being shared publicly online. The information is a collection from major data breaches over recent years and involved some 2.2 billion unique email addresses. Data affected includes credit card information, bank details, social security numbers, passwords, names, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and IP addresses.
German researchers at Hasso Plattner Institute have developed a website to check if your email account is tied to a breached profile. Visit https://sec.hpi.de/ilc/search to check your address. Submit email addresses you have used for online accounts, and you’ll receive an email listing which breaches you were involved in along with what information was compromised.
This data dump is a collection of all accounts that have been compromised across major data breaches in recent years. Companies involved range from social media sites like LinkedIn and Tumblr to services like Dropbox and Adobe.
Experts are recommending you update passwords on all accounts that were impacted. Then, they suggest using software like 1Password or Lastpass to manage your account security. Both of those software products protect your login data behind encryption, protecting it from hackers even if they break into the software. Experts remind it is not safe to store login information in Word documents or in any file that is placed on a cloud server that is not encrypted.