Have I Been PWNED?


PWNED – PassWord owNED

Yet another security breach in the news. Want to find out if any of your email accounts have been breached? Just go to Have I Been PWNED.

have-i-been-pwned-website

Type in your email address and click on the pwned? button at the end. You’ll either get a Green Good News – no pwnage found!, a Pop-Up, or a reddish-brown Oh no – pwned! result.

So, what to do:


  1. It’s recommended to change your password and security questions
  2. Do not use simple passwords –I use just numbers, letters and punctuation marks– and make it long
  3. Use a different password for each site
  4. Use a password manager like LastPass, if necessary, to remember. I also write all mine down in a book. There is also the option of having your browser remember them. I’m not sure how secure that actually is
  5. Add two-factor authentication if available

Out of my six email accounts, only one was found pwned. No surprise to me– it was my Yahoo account. I’m soon going to get rid of that thing altogether.

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Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

One Comment

  1. Low and behold, a very old database shows that I was pawned way back in October 2013, when 153 million Adobe accounts were breached. My password was changed immediately then and has being replaced two or more times – yet since it is the same email account, I receive this constant reminder. But, since there might be no way to know if people were aware, or changed their password, this hint is a mixed blessing, Mindblower!

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