If you live in the US and have an email address this could be the most important article you read all year.
Do you have a Facebook account? Twitter Account? Yahoo Account? Or any online account for that matter that requires your email address? Well, it could be time to check who else has access to your online details. Security Experts have exposed a monster data breach containing 773 million email addresses and over 21 million passwords.
This latest breach, known as Collection #1, has effected millions already. Along with Yahoo and Facebook, this is one of the largest identity exposures in history. Still to this day, countless U.S citizens are at risk of ID theft due to Facebook, Yahoo, and Equifax data breaches. Now to make matters worse an additional 773 million accounts have been compromised.
The Collection #1 data was discovered being sold across hacking communities on the dark web and the most worrying thing of it all is that the passwords to millions of emails were reportedly exposed in plain text.
Since 2007 8+ Billion records have been stolen and that number looks to be continually increasing. It’s now estimated that 1 in 3 emails are hacked or compromised every year.
The most devastating consequence of these data breaches is that its normal people who become the victims rather than the large corporations themselves. Regular people trust multiple companies with their email addresses every day. Let’s face it, nearly everything you sign up for online is with your email right?
So when these are exposed in breaches like Facebook, Yahoo and now Collection #1, it’s always the innocent customers who fall victim to ID theft and online bank attacks.
But What Can You Do About It?
Well thankfully someone has finally stood up to help. TotalAV, the #1 Ranked US software company on Trustpilot, has said enough is enough. In response to these devastating record data breaches, they are offering a free security check to all U.S citizens.
Their secure portal lets you check if your email or passwords have been compromised. It couldn’t be more simple and only takes 30 seconds.
Now, Why Are They Offering This For Free?
Well, it’s simple really, TotalAV pride themselves on keeping all computer owners safe whether that be their own customers or just general internet users. So in an attempt to help protect as many people as possible, they are offering this service to everyone in the U.S, so that users can find out if they are potentially at risk.
Lead Product Manager, Dave, said “At TotalAV we look at the bigger picture and when events like this happen we think it’s important to help as many people as possible. Our ultimate goal is to protect people online and prevent cybercriminals from causing chaos. We have the ability to inform people if their personal details have been exposed and are at risk so why shouldn’t we offer this for free? It’s then up to them if they want to stay protected online but at least we have helped them one way or another.”
He continues “This simple tool allows anyone to check their email and if compromised they can then take advantage of TotalAV’s complete security suite in order to keep themselves protected online. We’ve already had thousands of people say how helpful the check was and are now protecting over 10 million users online. It makes us feel good knowing we are making life more secure for our customers.”
How Do I Check If My Email and Passwords Have Been Exposed?
Follow the 3 steps below and ensure your online details are fully secure.
- Step 1: Visit the Official TotalAV Theft Check page here or click the button below.
- Step 2: Check If Your Email Address Has Been Compromised.
- Step 3: Get Your Results and Protect Your Online Security Today.
Update: There are 75 records stolen every second, we recommend checking your email security today and taking advantage of TotalAV’s protection package offer, whilst it’s available, in order to keep safe online.