How to know if your accounts have been hacked

How to know if your accounts have been hacked

Mishel Shaji
Mishel Shaji

With the growing frequency of data breaches these days it’s difficult not only to keep track of them all but also to keep our data safe. In this post, we will see how data breach detection websites can help us to find if any of your data is at risk.

Top data breaches

The following records (Taken from ) make it clear how dangerous each data breaches are. So It is our responsibility to keep our accounts safe.

In May 2016, LinkedIn had 164 million email addresses and passwords exposed. the data was offered for sale on a dark market. The passwords in the breach were stored as SHA1 hashes without salt, the vast majority of which were quickly cracked.

In August 2012, the Xiaomi user forum website suffered a data breach exposing 7 million email addresses, usernames, IP addresses, and passwords stored as salted MD5 hashes.

In May 2018, the Linux Forums website suffered a data breach which resulted in the disclosure of 276k unique email addresses, usernames, IP addresses, and salted MD5 password hashes.

In January 2014 Snapchat had 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers exposed.

In October 2013, 153 million Adobe accounts were breached with each containing an internal ID, username, email, encrypted password and a password hint in plain text.

Find hacked accounts

There are several services that collect and analyze dozens of database dumps and pastes containing information about millions of leaked accounts, and allows users to search for their information by entering their username or email address.


One such website is HaveIBeenPwned. This website allows you to find which of your accounts are hacked by providing your email address.



DeHashed is another similar service. Unlike HaveIBeenPwned, this service allows you to search for your data using your name, email, phone or address.

How to secure your account?

If any of your accounts are hacked, change your passwords immediately. Also, enable two-step-verification for your accounts if possible.