Hacked online log-in information opens the floodgates for cyber criminals to access e-mail accounts, social networks, as well as photos and videos stored in the cloud. You can easily check whether your username or password has been hacked using several tools.
A username complete with password is an access-all-areas pass to the internet, we all know that. But that a name and date of birth are enough to easily cause a great deal of damage? Perhaps less well known.
A date of birth and a name are all you need to place orders in many online shops. Shipping address? No problem. The thief simply chooses a parcel station and enters a random billing address, ensuring that the receipt either never arrives or is returned to the sender, who can find out the real address of the supposed customer via directory inquires—meaning that the unsuspecting customer is hit with unexpected costs.
The BSI recommends a range of ways to find out whether your password and e-mail address have been hacked through data theft or made public through security gaps in online databases—often the springboard to more criminal activities. If you’ve been affected, the advice is to change your password as quickly as possible.
Easy to remember—and easy to hack! The most commonly leaked passwords as recorded by the Hasso-Plattner Institute.
You’ve heard it all before, but do you actually do it? Find out how to choose a secure password here.
A different password for every service—sounds like a nightmare? With a password manager it doesn’t have to be. And there are also many free versions available.
Received a payment reminder you know nothing about? Bank account cleaned out? Facebook hacked? BSI has created a useful set of guidelines on how to act in these emergency situations.
This post was published on Jan 18, 2019. and updated on Feb 1, 2022.