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Free service that warns you of personal data breaches

Alert message sent 12/02/2018 18:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police

It will not have escaped your notice that data breaches online are a regular occurrence.

In order to protect ourselves, it is critical that when a breach occurs, we change our password with that service provider ASAP – and indeed, any other service which you have used the same breached password.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could sign up to an alert service that advised us if our email address and data had been compromised?

Allow me to introduce to such a service, which is free of charge!

I strongly recommend that you sign up to

'Have I Been Pwned' is a FREE website that allows you to check if your personal data has been compromised by data breaches. This service collects and analyses dozens of database dumps and pastes containing information about hundreds of millions of leaked accounts, and allows users to search for their own information by entering their username or email address.

Have I Been Pwned? also offers a "Notify me" service that allows visitors to subscribe to notifications about future breaches. Once someone signs up with this notification mailing service, they will receive an email message any time their personal information is found in a new data breach.

This service often alerts users to breaches long before it reaches the news, or indeed the Company contacts affected subscribers, meaning that you can take action immediately, instead of your accounts being at risk for months without you knowing.

It does this by using a dump monitor, a twitter bot which detects and broadcasts likely password dumps found on pastebin, to automatically add new potential breaches in real-time. Data breaches often show up on pastebins before they are widely reported on; thus, monitoring this source allows consumers to be notified sooner if they've been compromised.

Your data is hugely important and valuable.  Protect it.  Please don’t reuse passwords on multiple sites.  And sign up to this today!

Please feel free to share with family, friends and other contacts.

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Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)

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