In an age where it’s possible to have as many internet passwords as cancelled ASOS baskets (did you really need an extra pair of aviators?) data theft is an increasingly real issue on the internet, as proved last week following news that 117m passwords and email details stolen from LinkedIn in 2012 were now being sold to the highest bidder.
So, worried you’re one of the millions of users whose email information are being flogged? Paranoid someone has shelled out some Bitcoins so they can look at photos of your work bio and terrible head-shot? Well help is at hand.
All you have to do is head over to Haveibeenpwned.com. Set up by Troy Hunt, a security researcher and founder of a breach notification website, who has managed to get his hands on stolen data from LinkedIn - along with Adobe, Ashely Madison and more - his website allows you to type your email address and will tell you if you’re at risk from the hack-led fire-sale.
While the man himself does stress that the website might not be totally exact, much of the data is true. So even if you have changed your password five times it’s still worth a check.