Have You Checked Whether Your Email Has Been Hacked?

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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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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Jan 26, 2019 07:20 PM #9
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

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

Thank you so much for sharing!

Jan 26, 2019 10:24 PM #10
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

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

low trust level for these things

Jan 26, 2019 10:32 PM #11
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

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

Jan 27, 2019 05:15 AM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

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!!!

Jan 27, 2019 06:11 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

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

Jan 27, 2019 06:15 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

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. 

Jan 27, 2019 07:16 AM #15
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

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.

Jan 27, 2019 07:48 AM #16
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

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...

Jan 27, 2019 07:57 AM #17
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

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.

Jan 27, 2019 08:06 AM #18
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Thanks, I need to check and change passwords again. 

Jan 27, 2019 09:32 AM #19
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

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.

Jan 27, 2019 10:25 AM #20
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

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

Jan 27, 2019 12:40 PM #21
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

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

Jan 27, 2019 03:05 PM #22
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

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

Jan 27, 2019 04:38 PM #23
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

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.

Jan 27, 2019 05:43 PM #24
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

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.

Jan 27, 2019 09:46 PM #25
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

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.


Jan 29, 2019 08:15 PM #26
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

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.

Jan 30, 2019 11:38 PM #27
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

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.

Feb 04, 2019 01:04 PM #29
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