For the past several days the alleged reports and news about the whopping five million Gmail passwords leaked in the Russian Bitcoin forum flooded the blogosphere and social media sites.
Russia’s Bitcoin Security forum exposed the leaked five million usernames and passwords. Last week a total of 4.66 million Mail.ru accounts were out in the open and usernames and passwords from 1.26 million other Yandex accounts were published in a text file.
Gmail denied the report and quipped that the passwords were haven’t compromised, but still made their moved by securing the address and password of those who are in the list and advised them change their password to regain their account.
If you want to know if your account could have been compromised and included in the list you can visit this link https://isleaked.com/en.php and enter your email address.
To ensure that your account is safe and secure at all times here is a short list of tips and pointers for your perusal:
Use G-mail’s 2 step-verification which is cinched to protect your account with both of your password and your phone. To start enjoying this feature feel free to hit the link: https://www.google.com/landing/2step/.
Use alphanumeric (combination of letters, numbers, punctuation marks and symbols) in to make your passwords a tough nut to crack.
Make it a habit to change your password(s) periodically.
When you are in public always see to it that you have logged out when you are done using the internet.
Do not open any link for this might led you to a phishing site that will just steal important information from you.
Keep in mind that when a hacker steals your password, he could keep you out of your account, and then will give rise to any or all of the following:
- The bad guy might be able to access (or even delete) all of your emails, contacts, photographs, and among others.
- The bad guy may pretend to be the owner of your account and send unnecessary or damaging emails to your connections.
- Utilize your account to reset the passwords for your other accounts in banking, shopping, and the list goes on and this is a situation that you would have probably wished that it never materialized.
My friend’s account is in the list but fortunately it is secured now. See for yourself if your account has been compromised by hitting the link I mentioned above.