Have I been com­pro­mised?

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QI re­ceived an email that con­cerns me. The sub­ject line ap­pears to list a pass­word that con­tains some of the char­ac­ters in the cor­rect or­der that I’ve used, and then the email body is ba­si­cally try­ing to ex­tort money from me, claim­ing that I’ve vis­ited an adult web­site and that my we­b­cam recorded me ‘hav­ing fun’. I’m be­ing asked to pay $2,000 to avoid em­bar­rass­ment. Given I’ve never vis­ited this (or any adult site), I’m pretty sure it’s a scam, but those pass­word char­ac­ters worry me. Should I be con­cerned? David Hargeaves Mayank’s so­lu­tion The email is a com­plete scam, but there’s some truth be­hind it. First, you’ve been tar­geted be­cause your email and some old pass­words ex­ist on a data­base con­tain­ing old leaked pass­words and emails. The threat it­self is empty, but it’s a timely re­minder to make sure you reg­u­larly up­date your pass­words and avoid reusing the same ones. Use a free tool like LastPass (www. lastpass.com) to gen­er­ate strong, ran­dom and unique pass­words for your on­line ac­counts, and make the ef­fort to up­date them ev­ery six months or so. Also con­sider em­ploy­ing two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion (2FA) for par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive ac­counts – use Authy (www.authy.com) to en­able you to sup­ply 2FA codes from more than one de­vice.

Ex­tra se­cu­rity Add two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion to all your key ac­counts.

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