Have I been pwned ?

Have I been pwned ? In other words this phrase means Have I been owned, it originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled “owned.” When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so “has been owned.”,

The term pwned is widely used in context with hacking of login / password details of websites and web based applications or services. Small websites and Large well known companies get hacked due to out of date security or other reasons. When discovered those websites or companies normally warn you and reset your password after they have taken measures to improve security or close the hack.

The problem however is made worse due to slack password use by users. A lot of users reuses the same credentials including their password for several websites and applications. This will give the hacker access to their other accounts. To use unique and strong passwords we recommend the use of Dashlane a free password manager.

The passwords lists often get published on the web as well, which opens up the abuse of these username & passwords to more hackers so increasing the risk of your account being compromised.

You might not be aware that one or more of your credentials have been compromised. Lucky there are websites who offer a free service to see “If you have been Pwned”. See below for some of these websites.

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