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Data Breach – Free Tools To Protect Your Data on Web

Data Breach – Free Tools To Protect Your Data on Web

Internet has become an integral part of our day to day life, from ordering food to ordering furniture, finding a taxi to finding a partner; everything now circles around internet. But how SAFE are you on this internet? Internet is a powerful way of communicating with each other but you should really be cautious about what information you are sharing and where you sharing this information. Your personal information belongs to you and no one on internet owns it except for you. Although there is a question if the data is owned by individuals or the company which is totally a separate huge discussion but would you risk your data? Data breach has been a serious issue from past few years scaling from small enterprises to tech giants like Facebook.

Why to worry about Data Breach?

Data breach is intentionally or unintentionally disclosing of users personal information such as email id, password, bank account details, other credentials and sensitive information.

When you register for social media apps or any other services on internet then you are providing them your information which they have to process ethically but the bitter truth is you are signing up for data breaches too.

When this information is stored, the user never knows if the data they have provided is stored securely or has been sold out to third party services.

When this data breach is unintentionally leaked and the user data is compromised then what exactly happens to your data? The data can be sold out to third party services which may use it for their business but most of the times the data is sold on the dark web.

Here is where the bigger problem starts. Your data can be unethically used for performing illegal operations and you may suffer a bigger loss. One thing to make sure is never store your personal information anywhere on web and make sure you think twice before allowing access to third party services.

Your sensitive data can be used to perform crime on basis of your identity and if your credit card details or bank account details are leaked along the data breach then you can face a heavy loss.

As per a report by selfkey, alone more than 7.9 billion data records have been compromised in 2019. In fact, popular tech giant oneplus also suffered data breach.

we started our concern with insider threats of data breach in 2020 for you and we encountered predictions from Identity Guard.

data breach predictions in 2020

It is important to realize the threat risks are increasing everyday. You can take considerable steps and reduce the risks. The risk to your health data may increase by 400% and over half of the companies in the world which have your sensitive data are not protected.

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Can you avoid data breach?

Not exactly, you cannot individually stop anyone from breaching your data which is stored in a storage cluster present elsewhere in the world. The service providers have to take care of this using proper software and tools. Again the probability of unintentional data breach depends on the type of storage services. If your data is stored in private storage service then you can for an extent be relief free of unethical leak of data but if it is stored in public storage service then there are high chances of a data breach.

Make sure you change your credentials in frequent time period and avoid registering of third party services such as Facebook games which ask for user permissions. In those cases, the probability of data breach will be reduced.

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How to know if you are suffering from data breach?

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Data is the new oil and it is important to realize if your data has been leaked. Here are tools to know if you are suffering from data breach.

Find out yourself with tool – Have I been pwned

Have I been pwned is a web based tool which let you know if your data has been compromised on the internet?

Open have I been pwned website and type your email address. Click on the Pwned button and it quickly displays if your email address has been compromised.

The results show detail information about the data breach and how many of the users are facing the data breach. If your email has not been compromised then you are good to go.

I personally love using “have I been pwned” and recommend to most of my close people. It is important that you take considerable steps in protecting your account once you know it has been breached.

Also with this web tool you can be notified automatically if you are suffering from a data breach. This tool is compatible for both desktop and mobile version and much friendlier than other tools on internet.


Find out for yourself with tool – whatismyipaddress.com

This is again a web based tool which does a lot on internet. It provides information about your ip address and provides a number of tools. Out of those many tools we have a breach check tool which can be used to check if your email account has been compromised and which of the services have leaked your information.

This information is in detail format and you can know how many users other than you were compromised by that particular service. The detail information also tells you when the data was breached and was it sold. If the data was sold then where it was sold? Complete information about the breach is given to you such as what all data was leaked such as email, password, bank details and others.


Find out for yourself with tool – Firefox Monitor

Firefox browser which is one of the famous browsers has its own monitor and scanner. The web interface is quite simple and sophisticated. You just have to enter your email address and click the scan button.

If your data is compromised then you can find it in results with complete information about the data. The monitoring also alerts you if there is a data breach if you opt for the service.

There are a lot of security tips available on the same web page through which you can secure your account and be relieved.

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What steps do I take after the data breach?

The first and foremost thing you need to do is change your credentials and then look out for a detail report on the data leakage. If the data has been intentionally leaked than you should definitely delete your account and look for alternate service provider.

Make sure you regularly keep changing your credentials such as password and unlock pin.

Enable two factor authentication each time so that you know if your data is leaked and some else is trying to use it.

Avoid opting for unknown third part services and avoid using same password everywhere. In this way even if the data is breached for a single web service then it won’t affect other web services of yours.

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Most asked Questions –

What does a data breach mean?

Data breach is intentionally or unintentionally disclosing of users personal information such as email id, password, bank account details, other credentials and sensitive information.

What happens during a data breach?

When this information is stored, the user never knows if the data they have provided is stored securely or has been sold out to third party services.

When this data breach is unintentionally leaked and the user data is compromised then what exactly happens to your data? The data can be sold out to third party services which may use it for their business but most of the times the data is sold on the dark web.

How to know if your data is breached?

Here are three tools to know if you are suffering from data breach:

1. Have I been pwned
2. whatismyipaddress.com
3. Firefox Monitor


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5 thoughts on “Data Breach – Free Tools To Protect Your Data on Web

  1. Sonal says:

    Was useful tq

    1. Ashutosh Jain says:

      You can measure the breach with the free tools listed and take protective measures from the steps mentioned above.

  2. Anon says:

    Informative post!

    Mine was breached by ixigo,zynga
    And TRAI. Can you believe it? T.R.A.I

    1. Ashutosh Jain says:

      Almost half of the companies and services you use have no protection for data. In such cases you have to take care that you don’t publish your sensitive information and credentials without checking the credibility of the service. You can use the above free tools regularly to know if your data is breached and then take protective measures listed out.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! Its truly awesome article, I have got much
    clear idea concerning from this paragraph.

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