Despite the advancements made in cybersecurity, we are still hearing reports of system breaches more often than we’d like. Given how reliant we’ve become on online services, there is a good chance that eventually a service that you use will get hacked. The Yahoo hack from a few years ago is a good example of how even some of the bigger companies are susceptible.
While we reckon it would probably be impossible to prevent hacks and data breaches, the next best thing would be for users to act swiftly on it, and the good news is that if you’re either a Firefox or 1Password user, it seems that both platforms will be able to notify you when your data might have been breached.
According to Mozilla, they have partnered up with HaveIBeenPwned.com which houses databases of email addresses that have been compromised. This is also the same partnership that AgileBits (the developer of 1Password) has with the website as well. This means that users won’t need to manually search for it themselves, and it will come in handy for those who might not even be aware of its existence.
Now these notifications won’t fix the breach or prevent your information from being used. However it will let you know that your accounts might have been compromised, which means that users will be able to act quickly to change their details such as passwords or shut their accounts down if they want to be extra careful.