Yikes! If you’re a Gmail user, please check if your Gmail password has been leaked. According to a blogpost from Lifehacker, about 5 million Gmail account passwords were divulged on a Russian Bitcoin forum. Fortunately there are a few tools that can test your Gmail for leaks. The blogpost recommends securityalert.knowem.com, and a Lifehacker commenter also recommended haveibeenpwned.com.
I tested my 2 Gmail accounts with those tools; and one Gmail account was exposed from a previous Adobe breach. So I changed my password there, and all’s well. For now. As always, preventing and dealing with security breaches requires vigilance and secure passwords.
By the way, if you have a boatload of passwords to keep track of (like I do), you want a tool to organize and lock ’em down. I use the free, open source KeePass and its Mac equivalent KeePassX. LastPass is also another great choice which has syncing features. And no, I’m not being paid to say that. I just want people to have the tools to lock down their passwords.