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Should You Worry About Your Gmail Account?
By: Jessica Cherok
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Google’s Gmail has been the victim of the latest large-scale security breach. Nearly five million email addresses and passwords were listed online — yet despite the large number of accounts potentially affected, Google says not to worry.

According to Google, “We’re always monitoring for these dumps so we can respond quickly to protect our users. We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords.”

In other words, if your account was affected, you would already have received a notification from Google. Still, it’s probably a good idea to go ahead and change your password, especially if you use the same one for multiple sites.

There are two sites you can use to see if your account information was listed online. IsLeaked.com has a list specific to this Google leak, though there seems to be some concern over its legitimacy. You can also try HaveIBeenPwned, another leak-check site out of Australia.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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