Ginny's RI House Hunt Blog: Have You Checked Whether Your Email Has Been Hacked?

Have You Checked Whether Your Email Has Been Hacked?

Hacked Emails And Passwords by Microsoft Regional Director Breaks the Story

 

Serious stuff for all to be concerned about.  It goes back over two years and over 773 million people's emails and passwords are up for grabs.  A compilation of many smaller breaches that was discovered by this Microsoft Director.  

First you need to check all your email accounts to see if they have been breached and then check current and past passwords.  

Check all emails here:  https://haveibeenpwned.com/

 

Check your passwords here:  https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords

 

I have found two of my accounts have been breached.  None of my passwords have been breached but it is again another wake up call to use 16 character passwords as a must.  Never, ever use the same password on multiple accounts.  

 

If you find you have been breached it may be from a past breach and it is assumed that these breaches go back as far as two years.  You still may have your accounts at risk.

 

Also, never share your passwords to your accounts by EMAIL...always use a Google Doc or a secure attachment.  Especially with your webmaster, etc.  and change them too periodically.  

 

Just words for the wise and my friends.

 

Data breaches are treacherous for all of us and our personal information.

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Comment balloon 28 commentsGinny Gorman • January 21 2019 01:24PM

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I have been hacked before but not recently.  Usually stuff gets sent to all my contacts.  My wife gets one and so I konw it right away

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 8 months ago

Thanks, Ginny.  Looks like I have some work to do because these sites are reporting that I've been hacked.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Thank you for the information. I will bookmark this post and check my accounts and change all passwords.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 8 months ago

Hmm, I didn't know we could check on this, I am going to check out my email addresses right now.  Scary stuff.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 8 months ago

Hello Ginny - scary stuff indeed.  Past passwords...Hmm...that could be difficult for me to recall.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 8 months ago

Ginny if my e-mail were to be hacked that would be a very uncomfortable situation.  I hope I never experience it.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 8 months ago

Hello Ginny Gorman, Well you know i have been hack by email and also on facebook.  Wjy do people have to do this.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 8 months ago

Hi Ginny- Larry thinks that his email may have been hacked so I'm saving these sites to check out. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago

                                 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago

I love this, Ginny! I had no idea we could check until we were hacked.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 months ago

okay so how do we know putting our emails and passwords in these 2 sites arent the hackers? 

low trust level for these things

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) 8 months ago

Not the call anyone wants to wake up to...grrr..but better safe than sorry,...Great post !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 8 months ago

Good morning Ginny Gorman ,

I'm so glad they featured your post! When I read it I thought wow this one needs to be featured and glad it is! Congrats!!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 8 months ago

Hi Ginny - I check both of those site including fictitious stuff to see if it was accurate.  It appears to be.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 8 months ago

Thanks for this Ginny. I will have Bernie check to see how we're doing.  It's scary to think of all the unsavory characters out there trying to scam us. I'm happy to see the star. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 8 months ago

Excellent advise Ginny. Passwords AND logins should be changed regularly and monitored regularly.

Here's an idea. Did you know that your mailserver keeps a log of exactly every time you have logged in to your email? If you keep a manual journal of every login, date and time and then compare with your automated mail server login log, then you'll know if someone has access to your email account. You can get your automated login log from your provider. Often, it also provides the IP address from where your email was accessed from.

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (West USA Realty) 8 months ago

Thanks for sharing this Ginny Gorman. I'll be checking mine soon. 

I try to every 6-8 months anyway but it can be a bit of a project with accesses from different devices...
Bruce

Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) 8 months ago

I'm a bit concerned, Ginny.  So let's see if I understand this properly ... in order to check to see if I've been hacked (pwned)... I have to go to an unfamiliar website... enter in my email address, which of course says that I have been hacked... and then enter in my password... sorry... my spidey sense is mad-tingling, and I just ain't a gonna do it.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) 8 months ago

Thanks, I need to check and change passwords again. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) 8 months ago

Hi Ginny Gorman - As I started reading this, I felt the same way as Alan May - As much I a would love to check it out, I am not going to risk that the URL is a black-hat site or has been hacked.  I did get an email once with an old password and they wanted to shake me down for a $5000 in bit coin ... if I didn't comply they would erase my computer.  The extortionist said they used a logger key to get my keystrokes for my passwords on a porn site. I knew it was BS at that point! LOL! (not funny at the time...)

Nothing ever happened.  I got my husband involved and he copied all the header information and the raw code and sent it to the FTC.   

Also - If you have your computer backed up ... you can erase it yourself!  Between changing PWDs, McAffee software and back ups and a pretty good eye for spam, I feel comfortable with my security. 

BUT, I appreciate your sharing this info. I am just very skeptical.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 8 months ago

Our email has been secure but credit card hacking has affected us. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 8 months ago

Thank you so much for the links. I have a password I NEED to change now.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) 8 months ago

I just can't see putting my password into their site, or paying a service to keep track of my passwords.

Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) 8 months ago

are you sure you didn't just give your passwords to a hacker?  No way am I typing my emails and/or any password to "check"  I change my passwords regulary.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 8 months ago

I’ve been pretty lucky with not getting hacked and all that stuff. We all have to be careful out there and change our passwords like we change underwear: often.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 8 months ago

Hi Ginny:

Thanks for the link! Our security, or lack of, gets scarier all the time. I am pretty good about using a wide range of password variations and try to change some (not all) regularly. I could do better, no doubt. I will be checking your link.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 8 months ago

Hmm, I am kind of torn between believing it or not too.  I don't use the same passwords anymore, and am careful on important sites.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 8 months ago

Interesting. I've changed and rechanged my passwords so many times I have to keep a list to keep them straight!  Thank you for the warning and thoughts.

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 8 months ago

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