When it comes to online security, passwords are your number one priority. That’s why it’s important to use strong, unique passwords for all your sites and applications. Fortunately, most devices come with built-in tools to help you find out if your passwords have been stolen or reused on Facebook, Gmail and everything in between. Here’s how to find out if your passwords have been stolen on Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android devices.
How to create a strong password
Hackers often use “rude attacks” to guess your password by trying every possible combination of letters and numbers. To prevent this, you need to create a password that is at least 12-15 characters long and uses a combination of letters and numbers. Avoid using names or common words anywhere in your passwords.
According to the latest Study From PCMag, 70% of us use the same password for multiple sites. This means that hackers will only be able to access your login information from one site, and they will be able to access all of your sites. Therefore, if you reuse the same password for multiple sites, you should at least replace the login information for other sites with your online bank account and sensitive information.
The easiest way to create a strong, unique password for each site is to use a password generator, which is usually included with most password manager applications.
How to use the password verification tool in Chrome
If you frequently use Chrome to sign in to your websites, you can use Google’s password verification tool to detect and replace your compromised, reused and vulnerable passwords associated with your account. To do this, go passwords.google.com. Then select Go to Check Password Verification> Passwords.
You may be asked to sign in to your account to enable verification. When done, you will see a list of passwords that Google recommends to change by category. You can select any option and click Change Password To go directly to that site, you will need to change your password or delete your account through the site settings.
In addition, Google recommends using it as well Security check A tool that allows you to remove your account from older devices, set up two-factor authentication for your account, and more.
How To Find Compromised Passwords On Your iPhone
Your iPhone has a built-in password manager, which can alert you if your login information is part of a data leak. To find and change any compromised passwords on your iPhone, go to Settings> Passwords> Security Recommendations And tap Change site password.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone. These are apps with a gear shaped icon. If you do not find it, swipe down from the center of your home screen and type “Settings” in the search bar at the top of your screen.
- Then scroll down and tap Passwords. To proceed, you will need to sign in with your iPhone passcode or Face ID.
- Next, tap Security Recommendations. You can scroll down to see all the passwords stored on your iPhone.
- Next, tap Change the password on the website.
- Finally, log in to the website and turn it off– Page settings. Although this is a time consuming process,
Since the password is stored on your iPhone, it can be filled in automatically. If not, go back Settings> Passwords And make sure the auto-fill passwords are enabled.