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Is your data stolen? Check it now!

Many Internet users wonder how cybercriminals get hold of their data. How is it possible that fraudsters can send fake messages to my email address or phone? Where do they get my data? There are several answers to this question. Some criminals simply use information available on the Internet. Think about all the places and platforms where your data is circulating. 

If you were using a website or online service and it was hacked, your data (name, email address, phone number and even passwords) could end up on the Internet. Sometimes well-known and seemingly safe websites fall victim to hacking or data theft: an online shop where you made a purchase, an appointment platform you used to make a doctor's appointment or even Facebook and LinkedIn. The stolen data is sold on the dark web to all sorts of cybercriminals who then use it to send you messages.

Are you curious to know if your data has already been leaked and ended up on the dark web?  You can check for yourself on the Haveibeenpwned website. This service was designed by a cyber security researcher at Microsoft to inform and help victims of data leakage. You can enter your email address and phone number and Haveibeenpwned will tell you if your data has been leaked. They even go further and tell you which platform it happened on and what data was leaked.

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What should you do if you find that your data has been leaked?

Getting your data off the internet is impossible. What you can and should do is immediately change the passwords you have used on the platforms concerned. If you use the same password in different places, which we strongly advise against, you must change it everywhere.

Better protect your accounts

To better protect your accounts, we recommend that you use two-factor authentication where possible and use a password manager.

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