Are your login credentials on the dark web? Find out right now
By the time a company tells you that your data is stolen as part of a breach, your login credentials may already be on the dark web.
Here is some tips on how to keep pace with the hackers.
After you've been hacked, a couple of monitoring tools can alert you to which of your stolen credentials are out in the wild on the dark web.
Mozilla's free Firefox monitor helps you track which of your emails are part of known data breaches.
First, go to the Firefox monitor page.
Then enter an email address and tap Check for breaches.
If the email was part of a known breach since 2007, the monitor will show you which hack it was a part of And what else might have been exposed?
Monitor will then offer up steps to take, such as updating your password.
You can also sign up to have Monitor notify you if your email is involved in a future data breach.
Another helpful service is Google's password checkup.
This tool monitors user names and passwords you use.
Deciding to sites outside of Google's domain and notifies you if those login credentials have been exposed.
First, head to Google's Password Manager site and tap Check passwords.
Then tap Check passwords again.
To verify it, you can enter the password for your Google account Google display any issues that found including compromised reused and weak passwords.
next to each reused or weak password does it change password but you can tap that to pick a more secure one.
Besides these tools from Mozilla and Google, you can take additional steps to watch for fraud, for example, you can monitor your credit reports by requesting one free credit reporting here from each of the three major credit report bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
And you can sign up for credit monitoring service such as Lifelock I can cost eight to $25 a month and takes a more active hand in watching for fraud.
For more and how to secure your data after a hack, check out CNET.