A security researcher recently released a list of 10 million stolen passwords that he gathered from around the Internet.
His hope was to enlighten the world that your older passwords are probably floating around cyberspace and for sale.
With each major breach, the list of stolen passwords grows by the millions.
If you’ve been using the same password for more than a couple of years, you can safely assume that someone you do business with has been breached.
One way to check for known breaches that may have included your passwords is at breachalarm.com.
Just put the e-mail address that you use for your online accounts in and they’ll compare it to a known stolen password list.
This is especially important if you’re still using the same password on all your online accounts.
Even if the site doesn’t find a known breach tied to your email address, it doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.
If you haven’t changed your passwords for years, take the time to change it to something you’ve never used before.