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Staying protected from cybercriminals is something everyone needs to stay on top of now that we’re living in a digital world. New data breaches, malware and phishing scams are popping up constantly.

Having sensitive information fall into the hands of criminals is the last thing that we need. You definitely don’t want your identity stolen or hackers having access to your bank accounts.

Unfortunately, a massive archive of stolen credentials was recently discovered online that could put you at risk.

Have your credentials been exposed?

Security researchers at 4iQ recently discovered a 41GB archive that contains more than 1.4 billion stolen user credentials. The credentials, including passwords, are unencrypted on the Dark Web.

The database includes email addresses, passwords and usernames. This isn’t actually a new data breach, it’s a collection of information that had been stolen in previous data breaches.

Researchers who discovered the file said, “While scanning the deep and dark web for stolen, leaked or lost data, 4iQ discovered a single file with a database of 1.4 billion clear text credentials–the largest aggregate database found in the dark web to date.”

More than 250 previous data breaches contributed to this collection of stolen credentials. The stolen information was well organized, even indexed alphabetically by the criminal who put it together.

Anytime there is a massive data breach, there are steps that you need to take to make sure your information is secure. Keep reading for suggestions.

Change your password

Whenever you hear news of a data breach, it’s a good idea to change your account passwords. This is especially true if you use the same credentials for multiple websites, which is a bad idea.

If your credentials are stolen from a breach, criminals can test them on other sites to log into those accounts as well.

Keep an eye on your bank accounts 

You should already be frequently checking your bank statements, looking for suspicious activity. It’s even more critical when sensitive information has been exposed through a data breach.

If you see anything that seems strange, report it immediately. It’s the best way to keep your financial accounts safe.

Set up two-factor authentication 

Two-factor authentication, also known as two-step verification, means that to log into your account, you need two ways to prove you are who you say you are. This is an extra layer of security that will help keep your accounts safe.

Investigate your email address 

This is a critical step and it will only take a few seconds of your time. You need to find out if your credentials are part of any recent data breach. The best way to find out if you’re impacted is with the Have I Been Pwned website. 

It’s an easy-to-use site with a database of information that hackers and malicious programs have released publicly. It monitors hacker sites and collects new data every five to 10 minutes about the latest breaches. You can even set up alerts to be notified if your email address is impacted in the future.

Beware of phishing scams 

Scammers will try and piggyback on data breaches like this. They will create phishing emails, hoping to get victims to click on malicious links that could lead to more problems. You need to familiarize yourself with what phishing scams look like so you can avoid falling victim to one.

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Ever re-use your passwords? You’re a hacker’s dream

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Ever re-use your passwords? You’re a hacker’s dream

With so much of life lived online, it can be hard to remember passwords for every app and platform you’re on, but re-using them is putting people at an ever-increasing risk of being hacked. The recent data breach of food and restaurant search engine Zomato saw hackers steal 17 million…

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Tinder really, really wants you to think you’re swiping around for lasting love

When you hear the word Tinder, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you said “hooking up” you’re certainly not alone, but of course there are plenty of people who’ve swiped their way to a soulmate and lived happily ever after, too. So which is it? And why does it even matter? Well, new data out Wednesday from Tinder shows that kind of true love story may indeed be what the app’s users are really after. Read More….

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5 Steps To Help You Build Trust When You’re Online Dating

One of the most common concerns people have about online dating is how to know whether someone you met on the Internet is trustworthy or not. I’ve learned through experience that there are steps you can take to build genuine and mutual trust with someone over the Internet. I was skeptical at first that this was possible. We’re just typing back and forth, I thought to myself, how do I know this person is who he says he is? Read More….

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How to Let Your Friends Know You’re Ready to Move Forward

So, It’s finally here. After weeks and weeks of mulling over the end of your relationship, both inwardly and aloud to any of your friends or family who would listen, the support and advice being hurled at you from every direction has started to chafe. You find yourself irritated by everything and everyone that has an opinion. The words and actions you initially found solace in right after the breakup aren’t so endearing now. Read More….

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The 6 Signs You’re Pushing Your Grown Children Away

Ask parents their biggest concerns about their relationships with their adult kids, and many will tell you: not enough time together, not enough regular communication, not feeling needed or wanted unless the kids NEED something, not understanding why they aren’t closer. Barring a child’s serious issues, like substance abuse or mental illness, parents often feel alienated or semi-estranged from the children they raised—and they don’t know why.

“It’s a silent epidemic,” says Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., psychologist and Senior Fellow at the Council on Contemporary Families and author of When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along, “the result of several societal shifts in the past 50 years.

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How To Stay Married When You’re An Introvert And He’s An Extrovert

Every Friday night, writer Jill Savage and her husband have conflicting opinions on how they’d like to spend the weekend. 

“My extrovert husband gets to Friday night and thinks, ‘It’s the weekend, who can we get together with?’ she explained, “I, on the other hand, get to Friday and think to my introvert self, ‘I’m so glad it’s the weekend because I don’t have to see any people until Sunday at church!’” 

Like many couples in mixed introvert-extrovert relationships, Savage and her spouse usually come to some kind of compromise. Below, therapists, relationship writers and real-life couples share their best advice for introverts and extroverts in love.

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How To Raise A Stepfamily When You’re Not Quite ‘The Brady Bunch’

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they’ve worked to bring their two families together. Our hope is that by telling their stories, we’ll bring you closer to blended family bliss in your own life! Want to share your family’s story? Email us at divorce@huffingtonpost.com. 

When social media consultant Jennifer Gardella began to get serious with her boyfriend Dave a few years ago, she hoped their two sets of kids would hit it off right away. 

At some point during those first few “crazy” years, she realized that blending a family wasn’t going to happen as effortlessly as she’d hoped.

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How To Stay Married When You’re With Hillary But He’s With Trump

Like the wall Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to build along the United States-Mexico border, this election cycle is dividing couples up in a major way. 

It may be difficult, but spouses with polar-opposite political views can make it past voting day, said Pepper Schwartz, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington and an expert on FYI’s reality series Married at First Sight.

“There are some things, including disagreements over politics, that cannot be resolved but they can be ignored or considered off limits,” she told The Huffington Post. “I have known more than a few couples that have campaigned hard for opposing candidates but still love each other.

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