To connect to your computer, your mailbox or even your social networks in complete safety, it has become essential to enter a password …
However, even if he is strong and unique, or even stored in a manager, this is not always enough to feel protected on the net. For good reason, zero risk does not exist and any information about us can be hacked.
As a reminder, a huge COMB leak relayed billions of e-mail addresses and passwords on the web, thus putting all these accounts in the hands of everyone.
Do you think you are? So, it is important to act quickly. While in the past there were no secure ways to verify the confidentiality of your personal information, today there are many password monitoring services.
Find out which ones in this article.
Services revealing piracy
To verify your information, you will find various services available on the Web. We are thinking in particular of HaveIBeenPwned and assistance managed by Hass-Platner-Institut from Potsdam, Berlin. Both allow you to enter your email address to compare it to an already known database.
In details, HaveIBeenPwned lists violations involving email addresses, along with all related information, such as your gender or phone number. They are then organized according to the service attacked, and not the date of the action.
So if your email was exposed in 2016, for example, there’s a good chance your password has since been changed. But if the problem was detected last month, then it will be necessary to change it quickly.
The service ofHPI takes a different approach. It lists the vulnerabilities by date, as well as a matrix of the information exposed. So, by looking for an email address on the site, it will send you a security report, as well as a table with color codes indicating which data is at risk.
Monitor your passwords through internet browsers
To detect a hack based on a name or a nickname, it is rather advisable to use a trusted service that knows you, as well as the passwords you have chosen, such as Google or Firefox.
Since 2019, Google has offered you a free extension for Chrome that warns you, once you are logged in to a suspicious site, if your email or password has been stolen.
Indeed, the American giant has embarked on the automatic verification of passwords. Starting with Chrome 79, it also offers online monitoring to prevent phishing.
By going to passwords.google.com, thanks to your credentials, Google establishes a quick dashboard of your passwords exposed in security holes, those which duplicated on different sites and those which could be improved.
To do this, nothing simpler :
- Sign in to your Google account
- Go to https://passwords.google.com
- Click on Check passwords
- Enter your Google account password
Firefox Lockwise, which is part of the free Mozilla Firefox browser, does not offer Google’s recommendations for weak passwords, but its checking function is somewhat similar.
Whether you’ve stored a password in Firefox, or just imported it from another browser, it works. However, like Google, it will need to know your password, which requires you to register it in Firefox first.
The easiest way to access Lockwise is to type about: logins in the Firefox URL bar.
If your data has been exposed to hackers, then you should see a bright red banner, the password and account in question, along with a link to access it.
Microsoft Edge Password Monitor
Last year, Microsoft promised to implement a password monitor in Microsoft Edge, and it will soon be available on Microsoft Edge 88.
Like other similar services offered by other browsers, it will be free.
On Tech Advisor, we have already reviewed the best password managers, which are by far the most convenient way to manage them securely. Here is a three of them:
LastPass is available in both free and paid version, it offers advanced features.
Very easy to use, it has powerful tools, such as storing passwords, as well as your connection and identification information, and their synchronization on your device.
By opting for its paid plan, you will benefit in particular from surveillance on the Dark Web, the sharing of your identifiers with several trusted people or the option of multifactorial authentication.
Dashlane is powerful and supports the storage of your credentials in an encrypted safe, on PC and smartphone. It even offers an extension for most browsers. You can save up to 50 passwords protected with 256-bit AES encryption.
For even more confidentiality, its Premium version includes a VPN that limits the risk of hacking when you connect from a Wi-Fi hotspot, or a network that is unknown to you.
1Password does not offer a free service, but its basic service of 2.63 € / month includes what the company calls WatchTower, which alerts you when your passwords are at risk or need to be updated due to their weakness.
Thanks to its “zero-knowledge” functionality, your main code is not stored on their servers. In addition, it offers the TravelMode for deleting all sensitive data from your device while on the go.