How safe are you online? Have you heard of Troy Hunter’s pwned password database? Many social media platforms often require email addresses upon registration- additionally you are also required to create passwords that you will be able to access your account whenever you want to connect with your friends. However, did you know the majority of the people,- 50% of online surfers often come up with basic passwords that will only take a hacker few seconds to break their accounts?
You have probably heard of celebrities whom their social media accounts and even emails were hacked at some point. For instance, Selena Gomez Instagram account was once hacked where the hacker uploaded nude photos of her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. There is plenty of info available out there that can be used by hackers to access your private information.
Troy Hunter Leaked Password Database
Troy Hunter, an Australian web security expert, published a blog where he grouped what he termed as “Pwned Passwords” into a database that contains over 320 million passwords. He compiled from a combo lists which had plain text passwords and email addresses.
One combo list contains over 805 million emails and plain texts passwords and only 593 million are unique. This means that there are lots of email accounts with more than a single password attached to them. Troy compilation resulted to a total of 319.9 million Pwned Passwords.
Why pwned database?
The Australian web security expert wants this database to be used by people to search for leaked passwords when signing up for new accounts or when updating their passwords. Well, if you think this is the way to go, you can try the online search engine and confirm whether your email or old passwords were at one point breached. Alternatively, you can download the Leaked Password Database for offline usage purposes. However, pwned password database are in hash form, rather than plain text since the passwords contain information like birthdays, names or email. Tip: Do not search your current password since you can never trust anyone on the internet.