Monday, September 30, 2019

Check if your account has been compromised

Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is October

Ever wonder if any of your online accounts have been compromised or if your credentials are no longer secure? 

Well, chances are that one of your accounts has been exposed and its information is on the Internet. Using the same password across multiple services only compounds the issue. Take 3 simple steps to find out if one of your accounts have been disclosed in a breach and what to do about it!

Want to find out if one of your accounts has been disclosed in a breach?

All you have to do is take these 3 steps and find out if one of your accounts has been disclosed in a breach and how to take additional steps to prevent unauthorized access in the future.

Step 1: Find out if your data has been part of a breach

The Have I Been Pwned site will list any breaches where your information has been found. If you are listed as being pwned, take time to read about the breach and how you can go about changing your password or delete the account if you no longer use the service.

Try this:
  1. Go to
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Review the results carefully. 

Step 2: Use a unique password for every site

Checkout Passwords are the bane of online existence to learn how to use a password manager.

Step 3: Enable multifactor authentication for all your accounts

Even if your credentials are exposed on the Internet, you can take one additional step to prevent unauthorized access; turn on multifactor authentication (MFA) for all of your accounts. MFA is also commonly called 2-step verification or two factor authentication. Most reputable companies provide some level MFA in order to provide an additional level of security. MFA is something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone). One time codes are sent to your phone via SMS or are generated via an app that expire after 60 seconds. Additional secure factors may include hardware tokens, biometrics, or push notifications.

Multifactor coming soon to Macalester!

Macalester will be rolling out MFA in the coming year, but you can enable it for all of your personal accounts today. Check out Two Factor Auth (2FA) to see if MFA is offered for your account and documentation for how to enable MFA.


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