Data breaches on the biggest sites on the web have resulted in millions of confidential data being put at risk.
Fortunately, there are a number of online tools that you can use to find out if your personal information has been compromised in any of those breaches.
The website haveibeenpwned.com is one of the oldest and most well-known tools that you can use to determine whether your confidential data may be in the hands of hackers. The site has been featured by the BBC and has received great reviews from a number of tech blogs such as Wired.com.
On the site, you are presented with a basic search engine along with a list of the latest data breaches. All you have to do is to type in the email address that you used to register on sites that you know have been hacked. You also have the option of signing up for email alerts, and you’ll get a notification if your email address is discovered in any new breach so that you can take immediate steps to change your password as soon as you receive an alert.
BreachAlarm is a freemium tool that allows you to check if your confidential data has been compromised by a password hack on a site that you are currently registered with.
The site offers a free email-checking service, but also offers paid notification and protective services. You probably don’t need more than the free email services. However, if you are searching for a service that is geared more towards small businesses, you may prefer to use BreachAlarm. You may also want to check your confidential data with more than one hack verification tools.
DeHashed works in the same way as the other solutions on this list in that it is able to find out where your data has been compromised or leaked. The difference is that DeHashed does more than focus on just email addresses. You can use the search engine to find out whether your full name and/or address and phone number appear in hacked lists It presents options to search for a variety of options including your username, IP address, name, address and phone number.
Note however, that this tool is more suited to businesses, and is not as user-friendly as the other tools. In addition, you will have to purchase a subscription to perform some of these searches. Prices range from from $5.49 for a single week to $180 for a 12-month subscription.
Sucuri Security Scanner is a more powerful tool than other options on this list because it offers a more comprehensive suite of security solutions. It allows you to scan an entire website for malware, viruses, errors, blacklist status, security vulnerabilities such as out-of-date software & plugins as well as the presence of hackers. It is typically used alongside other email and username checking tools.