Get smart about smartphones



Do you know if your information is on the dark web? If any of your personal data has been compromised? Check these 4 sites below to learn if your data has been breached. - Free site for individuals to search for breaches involving their email addresses. - Free-ish site, e-mail address verification required, not all data is free, but a lot of it is. - Pay site, ideal for businesses to learn about potential risks and leaks of their data. - Free & pay site, similar to, but another database of info. Best for businesses, though there is a free tier for single accounts.

What about ways to prevent a data breach?

In 2018, the ITRC reported that hacking was the most used method of breaching data, with 482 data breaches resulting in almost 17 million records exposed. To avoid becoming a statistic, you should follow best practices to secure your passwords and logins. Here are two easy ways to get started.

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Use a password manager - This allows you to securely record your passwords and helps you to avoid forgetting login information. Popular password managers include LastPass, 1Password, and BitWarden -- there are lots of options, research and choose the one that's right for you.

Use two/multi-factor everywhere - Multi-factor authentication requires you to sign in using two or more devices or methods. Microsoft and Google both have free authenticator apps as well as Duo, LassPass, Authy, and more!