From time to time I publish information on privacy and security for your Mac and your online existence. I always have an ear to the ground on this stuff. I came across an interesting Identity Leak Checker website. You just enter your email address and it compiles an identity profile for that email. It then emails a report to you with a list of your involvement in leaks over the past few years.
This is a pretty cool service. Keep in mind it covers several different leaks over the past few years some of which are a bit dated. Here is my report from my primary email address:
I have highlighted the most important part of the report, the Service that was compromised and the Date. You can look at the body of the report to see how you were “Affected”. It could be a password, name, phone number or some other item.
There are two things for you to do here. First, check the Date of the breach. In my case let’s look at Dropbox. The date of the breach on Dropbox was September, 2012. The thing “Affected” was the password. So, if I had not changed my password on my Dropbox account since September, 2012, then I would be in trouble, I would need to change that password immediately. However, I have changed that password within the last year so I am still good to go. Do you see how this table works?
Just check each service, the Date of the breach and what was “Affected”. If you think it is serious enough, then go to that service and fix or change what needs fixing to mitigate this problem.
When you first run this report it looks a bit daunting. However, pay close attention to the Services involved and what is actually compromised. It may not be as bad as it looks at first glance.
This HPI Identity Leak Checker can be pretty handy. It is not the only weapon in our privacy and security arsenal, but it could be quite useful.