Don’t be surprised by what you are about to read. We are aware that news like this might come as a shock to you but we are here to hold your hand while you read. There has been yet another security leak over the Internet! Oh, no! How did this happen? When? Where?
This time it was Gmail’s turn. A database containing nearly 5 million user accounts and passwords was leaked on Tuesday on Bitcoin Security, a popular Russian website devoted to the crypto currency. The information was in a plain text file for everyone to see.
What do you need to do? Here are three steps to protect yourself:
1. Find out if your account was compromised:
Verify if your account was affected by clicking here and entering your Gmail address. It’s that simple. What are you waiting for?? Go. Now.
2. Change your passwords:
Every three months. This may be an annoyance but, as you have figured out by now, these breaches will not stop any time soon. If anything, they will get worse. If you don’t like to change your passwords because you might “misplace” them (the word “forget” seems a little too harsh), then you may want to look into a password manager like 1Password.
3. Enable two factor authorization:
In English: have a security code sent to your phone when you log into your accounts from a computer that you have not yet authorized. By adding this layer, the service will authenticate any login attempt through an independent channel, allowing you to know if someone is trying to gain access to your data.