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Has your email account been pwned

Author: ITS

Posted on May 6, 2015

Category: General Interest , IT Security , Tips and Tricks

Do you use your email address to sign up for online services, eNewsletters, online shopping, and more? Your email could be at risk.pwned

Websites are regularly attacked by cyber criminals for user data, such as email addresses and other personal information. So how can you know if your information is in jeopardy?

haveibeenpwned.com can help.

When you search for your email address or username on haveibeenpwned.com, you will be informed if your information has appeared in any public lists or reports of websites that have been hacked. This is referred to as being pwned and means your information might be at risk.

You can also set up notifications so you are informed immediately if your email address is pwned by clicking the Notify me tab at the top of the page.

What happens if my email or username has been pwned?

The first thing we recommend is changing the password for that account immediately. Then, review the list of impacted users it has appeared in and determine if any other personal information is at risk, such as credit card information or your Social Insurance Number. 

For more information on how to better protect yourself online, visit UNB’s Safe Computing webpage.