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You might have heard of a web service hacing its user account “compromised.” What does that mean? Here is a tool that can help.

A few possible meanings. Trying to remember which servies got “hacked” and when it happened can be a mess. Here is a tool that can help. It’s not a comprehensive security assessment but following the Pareto Principle (aka the 80/20 rule), it can get you much of the way there with little effort.

According to Wikipedia, being pwned is slang term impluies domination or humiliation of a rival, or to compromise or control, specifically another computer, web site, gateway devise, or application.

The Association of College and Research Libraries has put together a list of resources on Cyber-Security: “Keeping Up With…Cybersecurity, Usability, and Privacy.”

Tool:

‘;–have i been pwned?

This tool offers a simple way to quickly check any email address for being compromised. Enter an email address or username, and it will check known publications of compromises and compromised accounts. It will give you a green “Good news – no pwnage found!” message. This means your email address or username was not found in any known publications of compromised sccounts. It is still possible that an account was compromised at an 80/20 percent chance.

If an email or username was listed in a known compromise, the site will say “Oh no – pwned!” an present each of those compromises, with a bti of history and detail about the compromise with a red background.

This tool does not provide services to remedy your account’s potential compromises, and if you changed your passwords the site would not know that. This site simply checks if your email has been listed as a known compromise. Make sure your password has been changed since your most recent breach.

Stay safe out there!

Submitted by Joshua Klingbeil.